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White Ex-Cop Guilty of Shooting Daughter's Black Boyfriend

White Ex-Cop Guilty of Shooting Daughter's Black Boyfriend”

An Oklahoma ex-cop has been convicted of killing his daughter's boyfriend in a verdict that came after three previous attempts to put him in prison.

Lisa Kepler testified that on the day of the shooting, she and Jeremey Lake went to a bridge near the home they were staying to pass out water bottles to the homeless.

Kepler is white and Lake was black.

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

When Kepler saw the couple, he got out of his vehicle and asked Lisa what she was doing there. When she and Lake walked back home, she said she noticed a Suburban parked out front.

So the off-duty cop fired. Kepler said that's because he didn't have his daughter's cell number.

Lisa Kepler, left in 2014, had recently started dating Lake, right.

The former Tulsa Police officer said he was going to call 911 but called his wife instead because "he realized he was in a pickle".

No trace of a weapon was ever found at the scene. Kepler says he's 1/128th Muscogee (Creek). A judge later determined that he could be tried by state prosecutors.

Three previous juries deadlocked, forcing mistrials. Each trial ended in a mistrial.

The shooting took place four days before the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old whose shooting by an officer in the St. Louis suburbs accelerated a national movement against police brutality towards black people. But ultimately a fourth jury found Kepler guilty of the lesser charge after six hours of deliberation.

Jurors had sent a message to the judge about 10:50 p.m. asking whether, if they convicted Kepler on a manslaughter charge, they also would need to arrive at a sentencing recommendation before returning to the courtroom.

Read the CBS News report here.



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