Police Officer That Killed Unarmed Black Teen Goes Home

Source: Dylan  Goforth/Tulsa World

Shannon Kepler, the Tulsa police officer who is accused of killing his daughter’s 19-year-old boyfriend and shooting at his daughter, was released from jail Friday evening on $825,000 bond. Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, had requested at a bond hearing earlier in the day that bail be set at $50,000, saying the state had not proven that a murder had occurred nor that Kepler intended to kill Lisa Kepler, his daughter.
Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler countered with a request that bail be set at $1 million on the murder charge and $500,000 on the shooting-with-intent-to-kill charge. Kepler was charged Monday with first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill in connection with the killing of Jeremey Lake outside Lake’s home in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue and a shot allegedly fired at his fleeing daughter as she ran toward the house. Kepler’s preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 22.

Pam Wilkins, Lake’s aunt, wanted to attend the bond hearing but was unable to do so because she said she has become “physically sick” in the fallout from the shooting. “I’m totally devastated,” Wilkins said, seated on her front porch during a rally Friday evening.

The $825,000 bail Kepler was granted Friday means he had to pay a bond agent more than $80,000 to be released from jail. An agreement signed with a bond agent is a contract, essentially guaranteeing that the defendant will return to court for all future appearances.

Kelper received bail despite despite the fact that Kelper’s daughter claims that after killing Lake, Kepler fired several shots at her before driving away.  Additionally, during the very contentious bond hearing, it was revelaed that during a search of Kepler’s home the police found a handwritten note with Lake’s address which seems to point towards the shooting of Lake was premeditated.

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