Victim's Brother Testifies In Shannon Kepler Murder Trial
TULSA, Oklahoma - The murder trial for the former Tulsa Police officer accused of killing his daughter's boyfriend in 2014 continues Wednesday, July 5.
The state hasn't rested yet, but they did call five witnesses Friday including Lisa Kepler, Shannon Kepler's daughter.
Michael Hamilton, Jeremey's now 15-year-old brother, testified Wednesday morning. Michael said he saw a man shoot his brother twice, and he later identified the shooter as Shannon Kepler.
He told the court Kepler asked Lisa, "What the hell are you doing here?" Jeremey walked up to Kepler and said, "Hi, my name is Jeremey," Michael testified. He said that's when Kepler shot Jeremey twice, and that his brother was not carrying a gun.
Michael said he then hid behind some porch furniture and heard two other shots. A bullets grazed his arm, he said. Michael said Lisa was cursing and crying after the shooting and at one point said, "That's my (expletive) father."
Kepler's attorneys cross-examined Michael and pointed out what they believe were inconsistencies between his testimony in the third trial compared to earlier testimony.
On Friday, the prosecution called five witnesses including Lisa Kepler, Shannon Kepler's daughter. After they rest, Kepler's attorneys will call witnesses.
Lisa Kepler testified that after her dad pulled up in the family SUV that night in 2014 as she and her boyfriend, Jeremey Lake, were walking. She testified she tried to walk away, but after she turned around, she heard gunfire.
She then saw Lake on the ground.
The prosecution also called four neighbors to the stand - all saying they heard multiple gunshots and all saying they didn't see a gun on or around Lake.
Shannon Kepler is charged with first-degree murder. His first two trials ended in mistrials because the juries didn't have unanimous verdicts.
Court records show Kepler's attorney have an outstanding appeal to the court of criminal appeals. The other three appellate court motions that Kepler has filed this month have all been denied.
Also on Wednesday, a juror failed to show up for court. After several attempts to contact him, the judge said the trial would continue without him.