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Trial dates set for two men accused in shooting of two Tulsa police officers

David Ware, Matthew Hall
Posted at 12:01 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 15:53:51-05

TULSA, Okla. — Trial dates have been set for two men involved in the death of a Tulsa police sergeant and the injury of an officer in the June 2020.

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

David Ware is accused of shooting Officer Aurash Zarkeshan and Sergeant Craig Johnson during a routine traffic stop in late June 2020. Johnson died, Zarkeshan is now home and continues his recovery.

Ware is charged with murder in the shooting death of Johnson and shooting with intent to kill for Zarkeshan's injuries.

The accused getaway driver, Matthew Hall, waived his preliminary hearing and is going to trial. Hall is charged with accessory to murder and accessory to a felony.

In September 2020, prosecutors said they are seeking the death penalty against Ware, for the shooting and killing of Sergeant Johnson.

The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office filed paperwork Sept. 17 to pursue the death penalty against Ware. The records state Ware, "knowingly created a great risk of death" and "the murder of Sgt. Craig Johnson was committed for the purpose of avoiding or preventing a lawful arrest or prosecution."

READ MORE: Prosecutors seeking death penalty for man accused of killing Tulsa police officer

According to court records, Ware's jury trial date is set for Monday, June 7, 2021 and Hall's jury trial date is set for Monday, March 1, 2021.

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