Monday, Jul. 17, 2017

Ex-cop to face 4th trial in killing of daughter's boyfriend

By The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 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 have been declared in the case of Shannon Kepler, who was charged in the August 2014 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake in Tulsa.

Kepler, who is white, told investigators he acted in self-defense because he thought Lake was armed, but no weapon was found 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 almost three hours of deliberations. Juries in Kepler's previous two trials, in November and February, deadlocked 11-1 and 10-2 in favor of guilt before District Judge Sharon Holmes declared mistrials after up to 12 hours of deliberations in each case.

Kepler's attorney, Richard O'Carroll, said he's never heard of a case being tried four times.

"It's a waste of valuable resources," O'Carroll.

Kepler, who retired from the force after he was charged, was a 24-year-police veteran who has said he was trying to protect his daughter, who had run away from home and was living in a crime-ridden neighborhood. O'Carroll said Lisa Kepler had been in and out of a homeless shelter after her father prohibited her from bringing men into his house.

2017-07-17 17:42:38 GMT

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