Former Tulsa police officer is predicted to be launched following the 2014 homicide of daughter’s pal – KRMG 102.3
TULSA, okla. – A former Tulsa police officer is expected to be released from prison in the coming days after he was jailed in multiple trials for the 2014 murder of his daughter’s friend.
Shannon Kepler, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison, filed a motion to dismiss his case in November following the McGirt case v Oklahoma Supreme Court, which undermined the way criminal investigations were conducted against members of the Native American tribe or took place, modified on tribal land are handled.
Kepler appealed his conviction, saying the state had no jurisdiction to attempt the crime because he was a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and the crime occurred on Indian land.
A jury convicted Kepler of first degree manslaughter in October 2017 after the jury was unable to determine whether he should be found guilty of the murder of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who was with Kepler’s then 18-year-old, in three previous trials -year-old daughter Lisa in August 2014.
His attorney, Stan Monroe, says Kepler has provided evidence supporting his right to appeal, and therefore the appeals court is expected to overturn his state conviction soon.
After learning of Kepler’s appeal, federal prosecutors charged him with first degree murder as they have authority to try him again.
A judge said Monday that he would release Kepler on bail when the appeals court’s decision to drop the state charges is final.
When publishing, Kepler must follow strict guidelines. He will wear an ankle monitor, he will not be able to travel, and he will not be allowed to have firearms.
Kepler’s wife, Gina Kepler, remains a Tulsa police officer. She is allowed to keep her service weapon in the house as long as it is in a locked safe and her husband does not know the code.