Suspect facing two charges in Pelham officer's death - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Suspect facing two charges in Pelham officer's death

PELHAM, AL (WBRC) - The man accused of killing a Pelham police officer has been indicted. Bart Wayne Johnson now faces two capital charges relating to the murder of Officer Philip Davis.

During Thursday morning's news conference, the DA presented an indictment which charges Bart Wayne Johnson with two counts: one capitol count of killing a police officer and a second capitol count of shooting from a vehicle.

Officer Philip Davis was shot and killed late last Thursday during a traffic stop. The 33-year-old had worked as a police officer for eleven years. Davis is survived by his wife and two children. His funeral was held Tuesday.

District Attorney Rob Owens told us early indications are that Bart Wayne Johnson was not impaired by alcohol or drugs. Both charges that Johnson is facing are capital charges and the district attorney said he will continue to seek the death penalty.

Pelham Police Chief Tommy Thomas also spoke this morning about the recent officer related shootings in Talladega and Birmingham and wanted to remind the public once again that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.

District Attorney Owens did reveal that the one of the biggest pieces of evidence in this case will be the dashcam video from Officer Davis' car.

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