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A former Oklahoma police officer was convicted last week of murdering his adopted daughter’s boyfriend. after the young woman changed her status on Facebook to announce the relationship.
Shannon Kepler, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation who served 24 years on the Tulsa police force, was convicted of the murder of Jeremey Lake, 19 years old. The victim was in a relationship with Kepler’s 18-year-old daughter, Lisa, when the events were reported in 2014.
Information from the District Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma suggests that the killer was upset when he saw that the young woman was dating Lake as a result of a changing relationship status on facebook.
When the ex-officer found out about the relationship, he used police files to verify the background of the couple of the girl.
“Kepler learned that Lake was a victim of sexual abuse at a very young age and had previously been charged as a youth for pushing a social services worker. Those charges did not result in a conviction.
At the time of the events, Kepler and his wife were having problems with Lisa and had left her in a homeless shelter with no money, phone or clothes.
It was then that Kepler obtained Lake’s residence address, where the couple was living, and waited until nightfall to show up with a .357 magnum revolver. At around 9 pm, the man spotted his daughter walking with the boyfriend. When he tried to speak to her, the girl ignored him.
Kepler proceeded to shoot Lake twice. The man then fired again at witnesses, including Lisa and Lake’s 13-year-old brother, who was slightly injured, before fleeing the scene.
About 14 hours later, Kepler, who initially hid out in a Motel 6, turned himself in to authorities. The gunman claimed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Lake, as Lake allegedly pulled out a small gun and lunged at him.