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Judge orders video showing shooting of Tulsa police officers not to be released for six months

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 21:53:11-04

TULSA, OKla.  — A Tulsa County judge orders video showing the shooting of two Tulsa police officers not to be released for six months, according to the Tulsa County Courthouse.

The judge made the ruling Monday so potential jurors would not be influenced if they saw the footage before viewing the evidence in court, officials said.

Alleged gunman, David Ware, and alleged accomplice, Matthew Hall, are charged in the shooting of Sgt. Craig Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

On June 29, Johnson and Zarkeshan responded to a routine traffic stop in east Tulsa. Both were shot multiple times during the stop and taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

On June 30, Johnson passed away from his injuries. Zarkeshan remains in the hospital, but he is continuing to show progress.

READ MORE: One Tulsa police officer dies, another in the hospital after shooting

Ware is charged with first degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm, according to court records. Hall is charged with accessory to murder and accessory to a felony. Both are being held in jail with no bond.

Court officials said Ware and Hall still do not have a public defender.

They are expected to attend an arraignment hearing on July 16.

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