A Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend. Tulsa prosecutors Monday formally charged Shannon Kepler, a 24-year police veteran, with the Aug. 5 killing of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, according to NBC affiliate KJRH. Kepler was also charged with a single count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter, 18-year-old Lisa Kepler, during the alleged confrontation in which Lake was gunned down, the affiliate reported.
Kepler's wife, 48-year-old Gina Kepler, who is also a city police officer, was not charged Monday because prosecutors said there was not enough evidence. She was arrested and held in jail on charges of accessory to murder before being released Thursday night on a $25,000 bond. The Tulsa County District Attorney pledged Monday that Shannon Kepler won't receive any special treatment just because he's a police officer. "We'll treat this like any other case," Tim Harris told KJRH. "We will go forward like we do in any prosecution."
— Daniel Arkin
First published August 18 2014, 8:20 PM