Ex-cop to face 4th trial in killing of daughter's boyfriend - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

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

(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File). FILE - In this Friday, June 30, 2017 file photo, Shannon Kepler, left, arrives with his legal team for afternoon testimony in his third trial in Tulsa, Okla. Kepler, a former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his da... (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File). FILE - In this Friday, June 30, 2017 file photo, Shannon Kepler, left, arrives with his legal team for afternoon testimony in his third trial in Tulsa, Okla. Kepler, a former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his da...
By ADAM KEALOHA CAUSEY
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - 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-year-old Jeremey Lake in Tulsa.

Kepler doesn't deny shooting Lake, but told investigators he acted in self-defense 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."

"The very nature of our criminal justice system is premised upon the finality of a verdict," Kunzweiler said. The prosecutor previously said jurors should be compelled to reach a verdict.

In Kepler's most recent trial, held this month, jurors deadlocked 6-6 after almost three hours of deliberations.

All of Kepler's previous trials have been overseen by District Judge Sharon Holmes. Juries in Kepler's previous two trials, in November and February, deadlocked 11-1 and 10-2 in favor of guilt before Holmes declared mistrials after up to 12 hours of deliberations in each case.

It's unclear why Holmes allowed the jury to deliberate much longer in the first two trials. A spokeswoman for Holmes on Monday said the judge would not comment on the case.

Kepler's attorney, Richard O'Carroll, said he's never heard of a case being tried four times and suggested there is political motivation behind the prosecution's plan.

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

A spokeswoman for Lake's family did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment about the prosecutor's decision.

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 18-year-old 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.

Lake's death is one of several in which black men have been killed by police officers. The killings have added to already tenuous race relations in Tulsa, echoing national conversations about police use of force. In Tulsa, race relations have been strained for more than a century. The city of about 400,000 has yet to fully heal from a 1921 race riot that killed 300 black residents and burned down a thriving business district.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill

    Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill

    Thursday, July 27 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-07-27 16:48:59 GMT
    Friday, July 28 2017 4:40 AM EDT2017-07-28 08:40:19 GMT
    The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)The House passed a $788 billion spending bill Thursday that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon. (Source: CNN)

    The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico...

    More >>

    The GOP-controlled House is plowing ahead on legislation to give the Pentagon a massive spending boost and deliver a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    More >>
  • Pace of redoing North Carolina districts concerns judges

    Pace of redoing North Carolina districts concerns judges

    Friday, July 28 2017 3:39 AM EDT2017-07-28 07:39:41 GMT
    Friday, July 28 2017 4:40 AM EDT2017-07-28 08:40:16 GMT
    Federal judges deciding how quickly North Carolina must redraw its legislative districts are expressing concern that few steps have been taken so far.More >>
    Federal judges deciding how quickly North Carolina must redraw its legislative districts are expressing concern that few steps have been taken so far.More >>
  • White House aide's tirade tests editors and producers

    White House aide's tirade tests editors and producers

    Thursday, July 27 2017 11:19 PM EDT2017-07-28 03:19:04 GMT
    Friday, July 28 2017 4:40 AM EDT2017-07-28 08:40:15 GMT
    Newsroom leaders were tested when The New Yorker magazine printed details about obscenity-laced remarks made by White House communications director in a conversation with Ryan Lizza.More >>
    Newsroom leaders were tested when The New Yorker magazine printed details about obscenity-laced remarks made by White House communications director in a conversation with Ryan Lizza.More >>
Powered by Frankly