Ohio judge will divide settlement to slain motorist’s family

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge in southwest Ohio will decide how to divide $4.9 million among the family of a black motorist shot and killed by a white University of Cincinnati officer during a traffic stop last July.

More than 20 relatives of Samuel DuBose are seeking a share of a wrongful death settlement reached in January between DuBose’s estate and the University of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (http://cin.ci/1SVEILU ) last week that Hamilton County Probate Judge Ralph Winkler said said he’ll issue a ruling on who gets the money at a future court hearing, but wouldn’t provide an exact date.

Forty-three-year-old DuBose was shot and killed in his car by officer Ray Tensing, who was subsequently fired by the university. Tensing, 26, has pleaded not guilty to murder.

The school has agreed to provide free undergraduate tuition for DuBose’s 13 children, bringing the total settlement amount to $5.3 million. The children range in age from 4 to 23.

An attorney for the administrator of the Dubose estate, Konrad Kircher, has recommended that DuBose’s mother receive 5 percent of the settlement, his father 1 percent, and four siblings on his mother’s side 1 percent each. DuBose’s parents never married. He fathered his children with 11 women, the Enquirer reports.

It’s not clear whether a 13th child, a daughter who was adopted by a single mother, can legally receive a share. Winkler said he’ll do whatever he can within the law to help her because she “didn’t do anything wrong.”

About one-third of the settlement money will go to attorneys.

Winkler said he expects that his decision will be “toward the mark” of Kircher’s recommendations.

Tensing’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 24 in Cincinnati.


Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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