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Accused Oklahoma City pharmacy robber's new trial rescheduled for December

The new trial for Emanuel Mitchell, 36, who is charged with murder, has been delayed until December. He is accused of putting up two teenagers to a 2009 pharmacy robbery that left one of them dead.
by Matt Dinger Published: August 25, 2014
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The new trial for a man charged with murder, accused of putting up two teens to a 2009 pharmacy robbery that left one of them dead, has been delayed until December.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater was set to begin prosecuting Emanuel Mitchell’s second trial Monday, but it was delayed until Dec. 8 after a hearing last week.

Mitchell faces counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a felony and firearms possession after a felony conviction. He is accused of a 2009 robbery at Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City where a 16-year-old accomplice was shot and killed. The pharmacist, Jerome Ersland, was later convicted of murder and sentenced to prison.

Mitchell, 36, will represent himself at his new trial, he decided. An appeals court threw out his 2011 conviction because he has a right to defend himself at trial and was not allowed to do so.

District Judge Timothy Henderson denied a slew of motions written by Mitchell during an Aug. 19 hearing.

Also on Aug. 19, Mitchell filed another motion to disqualify Prater from prosecuting the case, stating that he will be called to testify in the case. That motion is set to be heard Sept. 29.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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