Stew Mathews, Ray Tensing’s attorney, presents arguments during a pretrial hearing, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Judge Leslie Ghiz’s courtroom at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. (Photo: The Enquirer/Kareem Elgazzar)
The same lawyer who defended the University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed Sam DuBose in 2015 will represent the officer charged in the incident that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s death.
Stew Mathews with Dolle & Mathews Co. L.P.A. confirmed Wednesday he is representing Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, who is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment.
Mathews declined to comment to The Enquirer on the case Wednesday, but said his client turned himself, posted bond and was released from custody Wednesday afternoon.
Mathews was the lawyer for former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing through two murder trials. Tensing shot DuBose in the head stating he feared that DuBose, who appeared to be trying to pull away from traffic stop, might run him over with his car.
The incident was caught in body camera footage and prompted dozens of protests. Both trials of Tensing ended in mistrials after hung juries. The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office declined to try Tensing a third time.
Mathews told The Courier Journal in Louisville: “Daniel Cameron, I thought, did an excellent job at his, at the press conference when he announced the charges,” Mathews said.
“He said he presented the evidence to the grand jury and didn’t try to influence them one way or another, which I appreciate very much, based on prior cases I’ve been involved with in the past where that was not necessarily the case from the prosecutors. And I would say that we will be entering a plea of not guilty, whenever that arraignment is set, and will go with it from there,” Mathews told the Courier Journal.
Son of former Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge William S. Mathews, Stew Mathews graduated from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. In 2005, he ran for Cincinnati City Council and applied to become a Common Pleas Court Judge in 2009.
He’s been practicing law in Ohio since 1977.
Mathews unsuccessfully defended John Strutz, who was convicted of killing and dismembering his wife in 2009.
“Anybody who find themselves in a courtroom – whether it’s for disorderly conduct or death-penalty murder – has the right to be defended,” Mathews told the Enquirer after the trial. “I talk to people nearly every day who have never been in trouble a day in their lives and find themselves charged with something. I think they’re grateful there are attorneys willing to defend them.”
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