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|The eyes of a killer cop: Ray Tensing.|
People from all over the country offered to help pay the $1 million bond for the former campus police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.
RELATED STORY: Ex-Officer in Cincinnati Makes Bail in Killing of MotoristRay Tensing, who was fired as a University of Cincinnati police officer, posted 10 percent of the bond shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, about nine hours after pleading not guilty during his arraignment.
The former officer’s attorney, Stew Mathews, said he had received numerous calls offering to help pay Tensing’s bail and legal fees, but he wasn’t sure whether his client would accept, reported WCPO-TV.
“I’m not prepared to do anything like that, but there are a lot of people who are prepared to help,” Mathews told ABC News. “His family is attempting to raise it through family members. I’m not sure where we are with it.”
Mathews said he would not allow Tensing to speak with the media, and the former officer’s family members have refused to speak with reporters.
“I’m divorced with no kids,” a man told reporters outside the home of Paul Tensing, the former cop’s father. “Did you see the ‘no trespassing’ signs on the property?”
A spokeswoman for the Hamilton County sheriff’s department said Tensing had been under suicide watch during his overnight stay in jail, and his attorney said the former officer is “not doing well.”