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Tulsa judge denies motion to release video showing shooting of police officers

David Ware
Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 22:07:36-04

TULSA, Okla. — A Tulsa County judge denied the motion to release body camera video showing the shooting of two Tulsa police officers.

The judge said he would reevaluate his decision on or before the next scheduled preliminary hearing set for Sept. 2.

Alleged gunman, David Ware is charged with murder in the shooting death of Sgt. Craig Johnson and shooting with intent to kill Officer Aurash Zarkeshan with the Tulsa Police Department.

On June 29, Johnson and Zarkeshan were shot during a routine traffic stop in east Tulsa.

Johnson passed away the next day. Officer Zarkeshan is out of the hospital and has been transferred to an out-of-state rehab facility.

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

Ware's attorney filed a motion on July 20 requesting both body camera and dash camera footage of the traffic stop be released.

According to court records, Ware's attorney said the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office prevented the release of the video in an order filed on July 6. Court records filed by Ware's attorney state the video evidence will prove the Tulsa Police Department, including TPD Chief Wendell Franklin, misrepresented the events that led to the charges filed.

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

Matthew Hall, the alleged getaway driver is charged with accessory to murder and accessory to a felony. His attorney, Brian Martin told the judge Hall is against the release of the body camera video, because it would not show him in a good light. Both Ware and Hall are being held in jail with no bond.

According to court records, Ware entered a plea of not guilty in court on July 16 and he appeared back in court on July 20.

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