Trial Underway For Man Accused Of Driving Getaway Car In Double Officer Shooting

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021, 5:14 pm

TULSA, Okla. -

The trial is underway for the man accused of being the getaway driver after two Tulsa Police officers were shot last summer.

Matthew Hall is charged with accessory to murder in the shooting that killed Sergeant Craig Johnson and seriously injured Officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

During the trial for Matthew Hall Wednesday, his attorney told the jury that Hall is guilty and the trial is all about choosing the right punishment.

The jury watched two interviews Hall gave to police. In the first one, he said he was home sleeping and didn’t drive David Ware away from the scene, but in the second one, he admitted he picked up Ware and took him to Hall’s house.

Hall said Ware told him he was tased twice and that Ware confessed to shooting the officers. Hall also told police he dumped Ware’s gun near Haskell, and took detectives to that location. Detectives were able to find part of the gun.

The jury also watched the dash cam video showing the shooting of Sergeant Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

Homicide Lieutenant Brandon Watkins testified that in the video, you can see Hall pull up, then Hall got out of the car but Officer Zarkeshan told him to get back in the car.

Watkins said the video shows Hall drive David Ware away from the scene. Watkins said evidence also showed Ware called Hall from the scene.

Hall's attorney reminded the jury Hall has no criminal history and said several times that detectives would never have found the gun if it wasn’t for Hall's help.

He said Hall wanted nothing to do with the shooting case.

Both sides will give their closing arguments to the jury in the morning. Then, the case will go to the jury.

News On 6 will bring you full coverage of the jury’s decision.