Ex-cop to face 4th trial in death daugh­ter’s beau

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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.

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