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Mistrial declared in murder case against former Tulsa officer

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Shannon Kepler

TULSA, Okla. – A judge has declared a mistrial after jurors couldn’t agree whether to convict a former Tulsa police officer of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend.

Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes declared the mistrial early Friday in the trial for Shannon Kepler.

In 2014, Shannon Kepler was arrested for first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill.

Prosecutors say Shannon Kepler confronted his daughter’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, who was walking with Kepler’s daughter.

According to the police report, Kepler and Lake argued before Kepler fired three shots at his daughter and Lake.

Lake was shot and killed, but Kepler’s daughter was not injured.

Kepler, who later retired from the Tulsa police force, argued that he acted in self-defense.

Jurors deadlocked on whether to convict Kepler of first-degree murder, but they did convict him of two misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.

The Tulsa World reports  that Kepler will be sentenced Monday on the misdemeanor charges and a new date for the murder trial will be set then as well.