Shannon and Gina Kepler, a married couple in the Tulsa Police Department, have been arrested in connection with the slaying of their daughter’s boyfriend, reports News 9 Oklahoma.
The victim, 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, was found gunned down in Tulsa on the night of August 5. At the time of the shooting he was walking down the street with the couple’s daughter, 18-year-old Lisa.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Shannon Kepler Is Charged With First Degree Murder
Shannon Kepler has been charged with first-degree murder in the case. His wife, Gina, has been charged with accessory to murder. Both were booked into the Tulsa County Jail and have been suspended from their roles within the local police department.
The shooting happened in the 200 block of North Maybelle Avenue, just after 9 p.m. on August 5. The Keplers have both been in the department for 24 years. Shannon Kepler works in the department’s police academy, while his wife works as a patrol officer. Neither was on duty when the shooting happened.
After being contacted by police regarding the crime, Gina Kepler agreed to surrender with her husband. They arrived at their police station with a lawyer, and both were taken into custody. The gun used in the crime has not been found. It was not a service weapon.
2. Shannon Also Took a Shot at His Daughter, According to Cops
According to Tulsa PD spokesperson, Jill Roberson, who was speaking to CBS News, the Keplers drove their car toward where their daughter and Lake were walking. Lake introduced himself as the girl’s boyfriend, at which point shots rang out. Roberson told CBS:
The suspect had words with the female and Lake. The suspect shot Lake and the female fled. The suspect shot at the female but missed.
3. Lisa Kepler Is the Couple’s Adopted Daughter
According to News On 6, the Keplers couldn’t have their own children and decided to adopt. They adopted Lisa first, when she was 6 years old, and then her younger sister.
Neighbors told reporters that both girls suffered from “reactive attachment disorder.” This led to problems in the home. Lisa Kepler admitted there had never been any violence in the home.
After years of trying to help Lisa, friends say that her parents had enough when she turned 18 and dropped her off at a homeless shelter. Friends say that Gina Kepler cried every night worrying about her daughter.
4. Gina Kepler Has Made Pro-Gun Posts on Facebook
Gina Kepler made several pro-gun posts, on her Facebook page, including this in May 2013:
On the 13th of June, Shannon Kepler posted a pic of Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, in addition to a picture of his police badge:
5. Lisa Kepler Met Jeremy Lake at the Homeless ShelterGina Kepler made this her Facebook cover image on July 16. (Facebook)[/caption]
Lisa Kepler told Tulsa World that her parents had recently kicked her out of the family home due to “poor life decisions.” She said she hoped her dad “rotted” in prison. Kepler added that she met Lake at a homeless center in Tulsa.