Police officer charged in 19-year-old’s death

This August 2014 photo provided by Pam Wilkins shows shooting victim Jeremey Lake in Tulsa, Okla. Off-duty police officer Shannon Kepler is accused of fatally shooting the 19-year old after he saw Lake walking with his daughter on Aug. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Pam Wilkins)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month.

Shannon Kepler was charged in the Aug. 5 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler, a 24-year-veteran of the force, also was charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter during the alleged confrontation in which Lake was killed.

Kepler’s wife, Gina Kepler, was not charged Monday because prosecutors said there wasn’t evidence to support it. She’d been arrested along with her husband on a complaint of being an accessory after the fact of murder.

Gina Kepler’s attorney, Scott Troy, said his client was pleased no charges were filed and said he didn’t know if Gina Kepler would decide to remain on at the police department.

“The ordeal that she has gone through, we’re taking all of this day by day,” Troy said Monday.

Shannon Kepler’s defense attorney Richard O’Carroll said he would reserve his comments on the charges for Tuesday, when his client is scheduled to be arraigned in district court.

“Kepler is presumed innocent under the constitution and Oklahoma law until sufficient evidence is presented to a judge or jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris said in a statement.

Members of Lake’s family told The Associated Press in interviews last week that Lake, a transient, was just planning on turning his life around — he planned to spend a day at the library studying up for his GED and wanted to enroll in a local welding school to learn the trade — the week he was killed.




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