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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Tulsa prosecutors to seek death penalty in June slaying of Officer Craig Johnson

David Ware

According to paperwork filed today with Tulsa County District Court, prosecution officials plan to seek the death penalty for accused Tulsa cop killer David Ware in the June 29 slaying of Sergeant Craig Johnson during a traffic stop.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was also wounded in the altercation, which started when the officers pulled over a vehicle around 3:30 a.m. June 29 near East 21st Street and South 89th East Avenue for making a dangerous turn. They discovered the vehicle had an expired tag and things escalated when they asked him to step out of the car.

Officer Craig Johnson

Ware pulled a gun and fired at the officer, hitting them both in the head. After a manhunt that last several hours Ware, and the man described as his getaway driver, were arrested.

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

Twenty-eight year-old Jakob Garland was also indicted for possession of a firearm after a previous felony conviction after officials learned he traded the gun used in the commission of the crime to Ware for heroin.

The district court arraignments for Ware and Hall are scheduled for Oct. 5.

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