Ex-of­fi­cer charged with mur­der cites tribal mem­ber­ship:

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A white for­mer Ok­la­homa po­lice of­fi­cer fac­ing a fourth trial in the fa­tal shoot­ing of his daugh­ter’s black boyfriend said state pros­e­cu­tors don’t have stand­ing to try him be­cause he’s a mem­ber of an Amer­i­can In­dian tribe. Cit­ing his mem­ber­ship in the Musco­gee (Creek) Na­tion, exTulsa of­fi­cer Shan­non Ke­pler asked a judge Fri­day to dis­miss the case be­cause the 2014 shoot­ing hap­pened on tribal ter­ri­tory. The Tulsa World re­ported that Ke­pler was is­sued a Creek Na­tion cit­i­zen­ship iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card Thurs­day. Ke­pler’s at­tor­ney cited a Tues­day de­ci­sion by the 10th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals that over­turned the con­vic­tion and death sen­tence of Ok­la­homa in­mate Pa­trick Mur­phy. Mur­phy ar­gued that state courts lacked ju­ris­dic­tion be­cause he was a Creek Na­tion mem­ber and the killing oc­curred on tribal land.

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