- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The trial of a former Tulsa police officer accused of fatally shooting his daughter’s boyfriend has been delayed as he seeks a new judge.

Shannon James Kepler, 55, was granted a delay Thursday, four days before his trial was scheduled to begin, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1RoFKVA ) reported.

Kepler is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, as well as two counts of shooting intent to kill. Prosecutors say he also shot at his daughter and Lake’s brother.

Kepler had asked District Judge Sharon Holmes to recuse herself, but she denied his request late last month.

Another judge upheld that decision Thursday but gave the defense five days to appeal.

In a hearing Thursday, Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, said Holmes’ handling of the case so far call into question whether she can preside without bias.

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said after the hearing that there’s no indication yet of when Kepler’s trial might start.

Kepler was off duty at the time of the shooting, and he later retired from the Tulsa Police Department.

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


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