Officer Charged in Teen's Death to Ask for Release

Aug 21, 2014

Shannon Kepler
Credit Tulsa County Booking Photo

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer charged with first-degree murder in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend plans to ask a judge to be released on bond.

Attorneys for 24-year veteran Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a judge Friday to set bond, claiming that Kepler's not a flight risk. The attorneys are also questioning the case prosecutors have brought against Kepler.

Earlier this week, Kepler pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting 19-year-old Jeremey Lake on Aug. 5. He's been held without bond since the shooting. Kepler's case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22.

Kepler's attorney, Richard O'Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn't "one credible eyewitness" to the event. Prosecutors countered that it's improper for attorneys to try their cases in the media.