Ex-Oklahoma officer to testify in his fourth murder trial

The Associated Press - October 18, 2017 10:28 am

UPDATE: Kepler testifies at trial:

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A white former Oklahoma police officer on trial for the fourth time in the 2014 killing of his daughter’s black boyfriend has told jurors he had no choice but to shoot the young man.

Former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler was the last witness called in the case. Closing arguments are expected Wednesday afternoon before the case goes to the jury.

Kepler said he saw Jeremey Lake reaching into his waistband, so he fired.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A white former Oklahoma police officer on trial for a fourth time in the fatal shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend is expected to testify in his defense.

Ex-Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler is expected to testify Wednesday in the 2014 shooting of Jeremey Lake, the 19-year-old boyfriend of Kepler’s daughter, Lisa.

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday after jurors heard a 911 call where Kepler’s daughter screams to dispatchers that her father had shot Lake. Lisa Kepler has testified at each of her father’s first-degree murder trials.

Shannon Kepler doesn’t deny shooting Lake, but has said he did so because he thought he was armed. No weapon was found on or near Lake’s body.

Three previous juries deadlocked 11-1, 10-2 and 6-6, forcing the judge to declare mistrials.



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