Ex-cop to face 4th trial in death daughter’s beau
OKLAHOMA CITY — A white former Oklahoma police officer will face a fourth trial in the shooting death of his daughter’s black boyfriend, a prosecutor said Monday.
Three mistrials in less than a year have been declared in the case of Shannon Kepler, who was charged in the August 2014 fatal shooting of 19-yearold Jeremey Lake in Tulsa.
Kepler doesn’t deny shooting Lake but told investigators he acted in selfdefense because he thought Lake was armed. Police found no weapon on Lake or at the scene.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement Monday that prosecutors and the Tulsa Police Department “are in full agreement that this case should proceed with prosecution.”
In Kepler’s most recent trial, held this month, jurors deadlocked 6-6 after a few hours of deliberations.