The Latest: Lawyer says 4th trial would be wasting resources



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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a former Oklahoma police officer accused in the killing of his daughter's boyfriend (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

The defense attorney for a former Oklahoma police officer says plans to try his client for a fourth time in the death of his daughter's black boyfriend amounts to "a waste of valuable resources."

Three mistrials have been declared in the case of Shannon Kepler, who was charged in the August 2014 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake in Tulsa. Kepler is white.

Defense attorney Richard O'Carroll said he's never heard of a case being tried four times and suggested there is political motivation behind the prosecution's plan.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement Monday that prosecutors and the Tulsa Police Department "are in full agreement that this case should proceed with prosecution."

In the most recent trial, held this month, jurors deadlocked after almost three hours of deliberations.

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12:30 p.m.

A former Oklahoma police officer is facing a fourth trial in the shooting death of his daughter's black boyfriend.

Three mistrials have been declared in the case of Shannon Kepler, who was charged in the August 2014 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake in Tulsa.

Kepler told investigators he acted in self-defense because he thought Lake was armed, but no weapon was found at the scene.

Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement Monday that prosecutors and the Tulsa Police Department "are in full agreement that this case should proceed with prosecution."

In the most recent trial, held this month, jurors deadlocked after almost three hours of deliberations.

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