Ex-officer charged with murder cites tribal membership:
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.