Police Officer Enters 'Not Guilty' Plea In Teen's Murder
Tulsa Police Officer, Shannon Kepler entered not guilty plea to charges of first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, and to a charge of shooting with intent to kill, involving his own daughter.
Gina Kepler, his wife and a fellow police officer, appeared in court with her attorney. Mrs. Kepler has been accused of being an accessory after the fact and was jailed for two days. The district attorney has declined to charge Mrs. Kepler with anything at this time.
At the center of the case is the Kepler's daughter, who says that Jeremy Lake was her boyfriend.
"This is a situation where these people cared about their children and their children put themselves in a very dangerous situation and Officer Kepler had to respond to that," said Richard O'Carroll, Shannon Kepler's attorney.
O'Carroll says the police department should have never supported the charges against his client and that the District Attorney's office should not pursue them.
"We are ministers of justice. We make sure we have sufficient evidence to move forward with charges, ultimately a judge or a jury will make the ultimate decision whether Mr. Kepler is guilty or not," said Steve Kunzweiler, Assistant District Attorney.
Mrs. Kepler is not sure when she will go back to work at the police department and must consider the administrative process first, said her attorney.