TULSA, Okla. – The murder trial of a former Tulsa police officer was brought to a halt on Monday morning following allegations against a member of the jury.
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.
“I don’t understand why my dad did this. I don’t get it. I don’t know what went through his mind. I can’t tell you what my mom is thinking, but I honestly hope they rot in prison for this,” said Lisa Kepler.
At the time, Kepler was a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department.
On Monday, Kepler’s trial was delayed following accusations against a juror.
According to KOKI, a man told the court that he was in an elevator with three jurors on Friday when he heard one of them say that she thought Kepler was guilty.
On Monday morning, the judge in the case heard the testimony from the man but decided against dismissing the juror.
The juror denied the accusation, and the man said he couldn’t explain the context of her statement.