TULSA, Okla. – A Tulsa defense attorney is asking the court to remove a District Attorney from a murder case.
Former Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler is about to stand trial for allegedly shooting his daughter’s boyfriend to death.
In August 2014, police say Kepler confronted his daughter’s boyfriend, 19-year-old Jermey 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.
Now, Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, is asking the court to disqualify District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler from the case, according to KTUL.
O’Carroll says he is asking to remove Kunzweiler from the case because of what a witness revealed while on the stand.
“There was a witness who testified kind of surprisingly and rather dramatically that he had been told what to say on the stand,” O’Carroll said.
Lake’s younger brother reportedly answered “Yep” when asked if someone had told him what to say in court.
KTUL says Lake’s brother also identified Kunzwiler as the person who told him what to say.
“That’s a profound evidence issue. He told me what to say. Either the witness was lying and Mr.Kunzweiler shouldn’t said he was lying or the witness was telling the truth and Mr. Kunzweiler should have said I did that. We are officers of the court. We have a duty of candor to the court. When these things happen we should clear the air. It shouldn’t have to be this difficult,” O’Carroll said.
However, court transcripts show when Kunzweiler asked the witness, “Did I put any words in your mouth?” he answered, “No.”
A Tulsa County judge denied the request to remove the district attorney from the murder case.