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Oklahoma Cops Accused in Death of Daughter's Boyfriend

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 03:06 PM CDT

A Tulsa police officer and his wife are behind bars, charged in connection to the death of Jeremy Lake.

Shannon Kepler is charged with first-degree murder. His wife, Gina, is charged with accessory after the fact.

Police say Gina Kepler had recently dropped their adopted daughter Lisa off at a day center for the homeless. That's where they say she met Lake. He reportedly took Lisa to his aunt's home.

An arrest report states that Lisa had been fighting with her dad when he found her at the home, and when Lake introduced himself, that's when police say Kepler shot him two or three times. The report also says Kepler shot at Lisa and the house. Neighbor Kevin Cox was nearby, and says he was surprised by the shooting. "I think that's kind of ruthless. I mean, families should stick together, you know. I just don't understand what he did, man. He was just a good guy in my book," says Cox.

Shannon Kepler works in the police Department’s training division, and his wife Gina works on patrol. Both have worked for the department for the past 24 years. Tulsa Officer Jill Roberson says cases like this are tough on the rest of the officers. "It does pull on the heart strings because these individuals were on our department for 24 years. So, everybody knows who they are," she says. Officer Roberson says the department is investigating this case as they would any other homicide, but doesn't think their connection will have an effect on the case, or the reputation of the department. "I don't know that it necessarily hurts the relationship. I mean, we still have very, very good officers on our department that are going out there and serving the citizens of Tulsa."

But Lake's aunt says it does affect things. "The very people that's supposed to be protecting are the ones killing for no reason," says Pam Wilkins.

Shannon and Gina Kepler are on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.


Oklahoma Cops Accused in Death of Daughter's Boyfriend

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