Tulsa County D.A. says he will re-try murder case against former Tulsa officer

By: Naomi Keitt

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:

The jury in the trial of a former Tulsa police officer accused of murder were too deadlocked to reach a verdict. 

The defense rested Wednesday afternoon. Jury deliberation began Thursday. 

The jury said they were stuck at an 11-1 decision Thursday night, and a judge told them to keep trying to reach a verdict, but they were too deadlocked. 

Kepler's attorney, Richard O'Carroll, told FOX23, "I believe this jury did an honest job, they worked very hard and you’ve got to respect that. And I do. And whoever those jurors are who sided with Mr. Kepler, he thanks them. We think it’s a victory to get two counts that carry life sentences reduced to misdemeanors.”

He also said he thinks the decision to try Kepler was based on political motivations, not law.

Tulsa County DA Steve Kunzweiler told FOX23, “I would say that’s offensive. That’s patently offensive. To try and suggest that a prosecutor such as Mr. Gray or anybody working in my office is doing something for some kind of political purpose.” 

The DA said the murder charge will be re-tried.

Kepler was found guilty on two charges about conduct with a firearm. The jury recommended six months on each charge. Kepler will be sentenced on Monday.

FOX23 has been following the investigation into Jeremey Lake's death since it happened:

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