Prosecutor Grateful for Closure in Shannon Kepler Trial

An Oklahoma prosecutor says he is not surprised or disappointed that a jury convicted a white former police officer of manslaughter instead of murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Thursday that he’s just grateful the jury gave closure to the case after three previous trials ended with hung juries.

The jury late Wednesday convicted former officer Shannon Kepler of first-degree manslaughter in the 2014 shooting death of Jeremey Lake.

Kepler testified he thought Lake had a gun, but no weapon was found on or near Lake’s body.

The juries in Kepler’s previous three trials deadlocked 11-1, 10-2 and 6-6, leading the judge to declare mistrials.

Source: Associated Press