- Associated Press - Thursday, October 29, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A judge has ordered a prosecutor to release a copy of a 911 call to the legal team representing a former Tulsa police officer accused of killing his daughter’s boyfriend.

The Tulsa World reports (https://bit.ly/1XCBrpO ) the judge’s order came Wednesday during a hearing on 55-year-old Shannon Kepler’s case. The former police officer is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeremy Lake.

Kepler’s attorney Richard O’Carroll accused District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler of intentionally withholding a 911 call Kepler’s 19-year-old daughter made the night Lake was fatally shot.

Kunzweiler presented a document signed by a person working with O’Carroll in July, indicating the defense counsel had received discs containing 911 calls related to the shooting. O’Carroll said none of these CDs contained audio of the call made by Kepler’s daughter.

The prosecutor said the state has given the defense more than 350 pages of documents and discs containing interviews, and that he requested the 911 call be included by police in the records they provide.

O’Carroll maintained that the 911 call was not included in the evidence provided.

“If there was somehow a 911 call that went to the fire department or to EMSA, I will make an effort to try to verify that,” Kunzweiler said after the hearing. “If one exists, I’ll turn it over. It’s not a police record. It’s a record kept by a completely separate organization, and I’ll have to do the subpoena process to recover that record if it exists.”

Kepler is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, which occurred Aug. 5, when he was off-duty. Police allege the shooting took place while Lake was on a street north of downtown Tulsa with Kepler’s daughter, who was living with Lake and his aunt at the time.

Kepler retired from the Tulsa Police Department on Oct. 31, 2014. His trial remains set for Jan. 11.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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