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Managing Editor | Liz Frank
A stay was issued in Tulsa County District Court in the trial of Shannon Kepler for the 2014 murder of Jeremy Lake.
Jeremy Lake, a young black man, was shot to death in August of 2014 by Shannon Kepler, an off-duty cop. The third trial of Kepler started this week. The first two trials ended in hung juries.
The stay was issued by District Judge Rebecca Nightingale, who was responding to a motion to recuse Judge Sharon Holmes, an African American. Richard O’Carroll, Kepler’s defense attorney, filed the motion, as he had for the last two trials. His legal reasoning this time included a statement from Holmes saying that she wouldn’t try this case a fourth time. His reason for the motion in October 2016, during the second trial, included a then-upcoming speech she had scheduled for the NAACP.
The motion was denied late Friday, but a stay was issued for the trial until Tuesday, June 27.
The trial will start tomorrow. The family appreciates the community’s strong presence at the courthouse today. Let’s keep turning out to show our love for this hurting family.