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Former TPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter in Death of Daughter's Boyfriend to Face Murder Trial

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A former Tulsa Police officer serving 15 years for manslaughter in the 2014 shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend will face a federal murder trial.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma announced on Friday Shannon Kepler is being charged in federal court with first-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Lake.

Attorneys for Kepler, who is a Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen, filed in August to have his conviction thrown out, based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McGirt v Oklahoma. They said the crime happened on Indian land, where the state doesn’t have jurisdiction.

Kepler is currently in the state penitentiary in McAlester. He was convicted in his fourth state trial.

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