Three months after fatally shooting a robber, Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland claimed a red truck chased him down the highway and tried to push his car into a culvert.
The claim is found in once-
Ersland, 59, is serving a life term in prison for first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said Ersland claimed to have reported the chase to the Grady County sheriff's office but no records where found to confirm that.
Prosecutors last year told District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure about the claim and other statements they called completely unfounded. They told the judge the pharmacist “seems to have experienced a break with reality.”
Prosecutors asked the judge to order a mental health examination to determine whether Ersland was competent to face trial.
Defense attorneys opposed the
The judge questioned the pharmacist directly at a closed hearing then ruled he did not need to be examined.
The prosecutors reported finding the claim in Ersland's medical records.
They reported Ersland on Aug. 20, 2009, told doctors he was driving from Blanchard to Chickasha when a red truck with emergency lights, a grader, jacked-up suspension and large wheels chased him down the highway.
He told doctors the truck tried to push him into a culvert when he
Ersland lived in Chickasha.
Convicted in May
Ersland was convicted in May of first-degree murder for killing an unarmed robber inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City two years ago.
Prosecutors said the fallen robber, Antwun “Speedy” Parker, 16, was clearly unconscious from a shot to the head when Ersland got a second gun and shot him five more times. Ersland said he was defending himself and two female co-workers.
He claimed the masked robber was getting back up.
A second robber, Jevontai Ingram, had fled already. Ingram, then 14, did have a gun.