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Arrest adds new twist in Oklahoma City pharmacy shooting

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: September 24, 2009 at 9:37 am •  Published: September 24, 2009
An ex-convict’s girlfriend was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police alleged she was involved in the robbery of an Oklahoma City pharmacy in May.

The arrest was the latest twist in a complicated case that attracted national attention after one of the robbers was fatally shot.

Rozina Sayles, 44, of Oklahoma City was arrested on complaints of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery with a firearm. She has not been charged.

She was identified as the girlfriend of Anthony D. Morrison, one of two men accused of recruiting two teenagers to rob the Reliable Discount Pharmacy. Morrison has been in and out of prison since he was 18 for robbery and other crimes.

Police allege Sayles was in the car with Morrison on May 19 when he advised the teenagers what drugs to demand during the robbery. Prosecutors said she provided one of two cars used in the robbery.

The case gained widespread attention when prosecutors released to the media a recording from a surveillance camera showing pharmacist Jerome Ersland killing one of the teenage robbers. Prosecutors used the recording to explain their decision to charge Ersland with first-degree murder.

Killed was Antwun "Speedy” Parker, 16, of Oklahoma City.

Prosecutors allege Ersland went too far, shooting Parker on the floor five more times after knocking Parker unconscious with a shot to the head. Ersland contends he acted in self-defense because Parker was getting back up. Prosecutors say Parker was unarmed. Ersland insists Parker had a gun. Prosecutors have both been praised and sharply criticized for the decision to charge the pharmacist.

In a separate case, prosecutors also have charged Morrison, 43, Emanuel D. Ongoing coverage: Pharmacy shootings has disabled the comments for this article.

What authorities allege drugstore robbery suspects did:

• Jevontia Ingram, then 14, wore a ski mask, pointed a gun inside the store and demanded money and drugs.

• Antwun Parker, 16, wore a ski mask, went inside the store with Ingram and used a piece of wood to keep the pharmacy door open.

• Anthony Morrison, 43, recruited Ingram and Parker, advised them what to do, gave Ingram a gun and waited outside store in a car.

• Emanuel Mitchell, 31, recruited Ingram and Parker, drove them to the drugstore and waited in a stolen car.

• Rozina Sayles, 44, let Morrison use her car for robbery, rode along with Morrison to the drugstore and was present when he gave directions to Ingram and Parker.


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