Fatal police shooter’s attorney: Defense needs more funding

The Associated Press - February 19, 2022 7:27 am

(AP) — The attorney for a Tulsa man charged in the fatal shooting of a police officer says the defense is unconstitutionally underfunded for a death penalty case.

David Ware faces the death penalty if convicted in the fatal 2020 shooting of Tulsa police Sgt. Craig Johnson.

Defense attorney Kevin Adams says in a motion filed on Tuesday that the state limit of $25,000 for the defense is unconstitutional.

Ware said there should be no limit on the funding to defend a person who faces the death penalty and asks that the state’s death penalty request be dismissed in Ware’s case.

Assistant district attorney Kevin Gray declined comment on the motion.


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