Prosecutor grateful for Shannon Kepler's conviction

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 12:33:26-04

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The Latest on the conviction of a former Oklahoma police officer in the fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend (all times local):

8:30 a.m.

An Oklahoma prosecutor says he is not surprised or disappointed that a jury convicted a former police officer of manslaughter instead of murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Thursday that he's just grateful the jury gave closure to the case after three previous trials ended with hung juries.

The jury late Wednesday convicted former officer Shannon Kepler of first-degree manslaughter in the 2014 shooting death of Jeremey Lake.

Kepler testified he thought Lake had a gun, but no weapon was found on or near Lake's body.

The juries in Kepler's previous three trials deadlocked 11-1, 10-2 and 6-6, leading the judge to declare mistrials.

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