Judge To Review All Video Connected To Shooting Of Tulsa Officers


Tuesday, September 8th 2020, 5:22 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter


TULSA, Okla. -

The man accused of murdering a Tulsa Police officer and shooting another was back in court today.

Tuesday was the first time David Ware has been seen in public since he was arrested for the murder of Sgt. Craig Johnson and the attempted murder of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan on June 29th.

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David Ware's attorney once again asked the judge to release the body and dash cam videos from Sergeant Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan. His attorney said the videos show the whole truth.

The judge asked David Ware in court, if he thinks the videos should be released, and Ware said yes. Ware’s attorney, Kevin Adams, also said Ware has not seen the videos yet.        

Prosecutors argue the videos are evidence and should stay in the courtroom until the trial.

Tulsa County deputies escorted Ware out of the courtroom and back to jail after the hour-long hearing. Adams argued some information in the initial affidavit was wrong and because of that, it painted Ware in the worst possible light.

The affidavit said Ware stood over Sgt. Craig Johnson and shot him three times. Tulsa Police later corrected that mistake, but Adams believes the damage was already done.

Mathew Hall, Ware's suspected getaway driver, was also in court and his attorney said the video should not be released right now.

Prosecutors argued the evidence should be kept the courtroom in order to have a fair trial and they feel if the video is released now, it may affect the jury pool. Prosecutors said the videos are graphic.

Ware said he thinks it will be in his best interest if the videos are released.

The judge will watch all three videos this week and said he will have a decision on Thursday morning.

He also said, this isn't a matter of "if" the video will be released, it's a matter of "when."

The district court judge has requested to watch all of the videos and have a decision on Thursday at 9:30 am.