A judge Thursday ruled a pharmacist’s murder trial will be televised so the public can witness justice unfold in a case she says has "ignited passions” like no other case in the state.
Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure said the trial can be televised once jury selection is complete.
She also agreed a photographer from The Oklahoman
can take photos from inside the courtroom during the trial.
The pharmacist, Jerome Jay Ersland, 58, fatally shot robber Antwun "Speedy” Parker on May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City. Parker was 16.
Prosecutors charged Ersland with first-degree murder, alleging he went too far when he shot the unarmed robber five more times after knocking the robber unconscious with a shot to the head.
Ersland said he was defending himself and two female employees from a masked robber who was still moving. He also has said he thought Parker had a gun. A second robber fled the drugstore and was apprehended later.
Oklahoma City stations KWTV-9, KOCO-5, KFOR-4, OETA-13, KSBI-52 and KOKH-25 and Tulsa station KOTV-6 asked the judge for permission to televise the trial. The stations plan to use one "pool” camera.
asked for permission to take photos inside the courtroom and to access the television feed so the trial can be shown on its Web site, NewsOK.com.
The judge approved the requests after Ersland told her, "I would be honored to have them here, yes.”
Ersland lives in Chickasha and is free on $100,000 bail.
Ongoing Coverage: Pharmacy shootings