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Trial begins for Tulsa man charged in fatal officer shooting

March 4, 2021 GMT
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Matthew Hall is escorted into a courtroom at the Tulsa County Courthouse Monday, March 1, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. Hall is on trial on an accessory charge in the shooting death of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson and related attack on Officer Aurash Zarkeshan in June last year. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
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Matthew Hall is escorted into a courtroom at the Tulsa County Courthouse Monday, March 1, 2021 in Tulsa, Okla. Hall is on trial on an accessory charge in the shooting death of Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson and related attack on Officer Aurash Zarkeshan in June last year. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Trial began Wednesday for a Tulsa man charged as an accessory in the fatal shooting of a Tulsa police officer and wounding of another.

Matthew Hall, who has pleaded not guilty, is charged with accessory to a felony for driving shooting suspect David Ware from the scene of the June 2020 shooting death of Police Sgt. Craig Johnson and wounding of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan.

Police video shows Hall driving Ware from the scene after he shot the officers, prosecutor Steve Kunzweiler told jurors during opening statements.

“As they lie there fighting for their lives ... you’re going to see this guy’s car pull away” from the scene with Ware inside, Kunzweiler said while pointing toward Hall.

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Hall, in a video interview with police shown to jurors, Hall acknowledged driving away with Ware after first leaving when he heard gunshots, then driving back past the scene.

Defense attorney Brian Martin said in opening statements that Hall was scared because he expected to see the two officers standing over Ware. Instead, he saw Ware, armed with a gun, who got into Hall’s vehicle.

Ware, who has pleaded not guilty to murder in the case, faces trial separately.