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David Ware Oklahoma Death Row

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David Ware was sentenced to death by the State of Oklahoma for the murder of a police officer. According to court documents David Ware was pulled over during a traffic stop and would open fire on two officers killing one and injuring the second. David Ware would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death.

David Ware 2022 Information

Gender: Male

Race: White

Height: 5 ft 10 in

Weight: 169 lbs

Hair Color: Brown

Eye Color: Green

Alias: David Ware

OK DOC#: 537656

Birth Date: 8/12/1987


Reception Date: 5/16/2022

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The man sentenced to death for killing a Tulsa police sergeant and shooting another officer was transferred to the state penitentiary in McAlester.

Last week, a judge sentenced David Ware to death for killing Sgt. Craig Johnson during a traffic stop during the summer of 2020.

Ware received an additional sentence of life in prison for shooting Johnson’s partner, Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, multiple times. He also faces a combined 56 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines on three other convictions.

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A man convicted of killing a Tulsa police officer and injuring another during a 2020 traffic stop has been sentenced to death.

David Ware was convicted of first-degree murder in the deadly shooting of Tulsa police Sgt. Craig Johnson.

Ware also was sentenced to life in prison for shooting with intent to kill in the shooting of Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who was critically injured. Zarkeshan has since recovered.

“We are very satisfied,” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said. “I’ve never had a case where we’ve gone to a death penalty where the judge has not followed the verdict of the jury. It’s going to be a long process.”

Ware also faces a combined 56 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines on three other convictions.

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Jurors recommended a death sentence Wednesday for a man convicted of fatally shooting a Tulsa police officer.

The Tulsa County jury recommended death for David Anthony Ware after almost three hours of deliberation. That was after convicting him of murder for the June 2020 fatal shooting of Sgt. Craig Johnson during a traffic stop.

Ware was also convicted of shooting with intent to kill Officer Aurash Zarkeshan. The jury already had recommended a life prison sentence for the wounding of Zarkeshan during the stop.

Defense attorney Kevin Adams asked the jury for mercy for Ware.

“This is an ugly … awful case,” Adams said.

“David Ware believed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Sgt. Johnson,” Adams said. “They were kicking him.”

Prosecutor Steve Kunzweiler said Ware made the choice to shoot.

“He knew exactly what he was doing, he was shooting at police officers,” Kunzweiler said.

Earlier Wednesday, Judge William LaFortune dismissed two jurors and replaced them with the two alternates. LaFortune said the man and the woman both told him they could not continue but did not specify their reasons.

“They cannot fairly deliberate with their fellow jurors,” LaFortune said. “The court is beyond suspecting they might not be impartial, way beyond.”

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