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Two witnesses had taken the stand as of Monday afternoon, including former NOPD officer Wardell Johnson , who pleaded guilty in 2016 to obstruction of justice and malfeasance in office charges for destroying evidence in the Boys' investigation. Johnson had arrested Boys in a domestic incident earlier that morning. Boys was accused of firing a gun at his wife during an argument. Assistant District Attorney Inga Petrovich asked Johnson if he frisked Boys and gave him a pat-down prior to placing him in handcuffs. Johnson said he did, and that he even removed some items from Boys' pockets. When Petrovich asked if he did a full body search, Johnson replied "no." He looked down and spoke more quietly than his tone when answering earlier questions. Johnson said he took Boys to the 5th District station, and left him in the back seat of his patrol unit while he went inside to fill out paperwork. He said he had an order to take Boys to jail, but Holloway offered and he obliged. He estimated that was around 8 a.m. -- an hour after he was supposed to get off of work. When he went to get Boys out of his car, Johnson said Boys had moved his handcuffs from behind his back to the front of his body. He removed the handcuffs from Boys -- each NOPD officer has their own handcuffs -- and placed him in Holloway's handcuffs, Johnson said. He said he warned Holloway that Boys "likes to move the handcuffs to the front." Johnson said later that morning he was called and told Holloway was involved in a car accident, and that his prisoner had escaped. He went to the scene and provided officers there with identifying information about Boys, he said. When back at the police station, Johnson said he learned Holloway had died. Johnson said evidence he collected from Boys' house included a revolver, a box of bullets and a bullet casing.
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