Judge rules ex-cop Shannon Kepler will face 4th murder trial
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma judge has ruled a white former police officer will face a fourth murder trial in the 2014 killing of his daughter's black boyfriend.
A hearing Monday focused on former Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler's requests to dismiss the case.
Defense attorneys argued to have the case dismissed on several grounds in the months since Kepler's third mistrial was declared.
One motion says Kepler is a member of an American Indian tribe and can't be tried by state prosecutors. Another claims repeated trials violate Kepler's right to due process.
Kepler is charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. The shooting occurred while Kepler was off-duty. His trial is scheduled to start Oct. 9.