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Former Tulsa officer accused of murder leaves court to find home on fire

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TULSA, Okla. – Firefighters rushed to a former Tulsa police officer’s home while he was in court.

Earlier this month, Shannon Kepler was convicted of two counts of reckless conduct with a firearm.

Kepler was charged with first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake.

Prosecutors say Shannon Kepler confronted 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.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge, but convicted him on the weapons charges.

On Monday, Kepler was in court to ask the judge for a new trial or to combine the convictions, which would ultimately reduce his sentence.

The judge rejected the motion for a new trial, but said she would consider combining the convictions.

While Kepler was in court, a fire was reported at his home.

Firefighters told FOX 23 that it appears the fire started in the kitchen before it spread to the attic.

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