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Judge orders arrest of convicted murderer in Jerome Ersland case

by Nolan Clay Modified: May 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: May 9, 2013

Convicted murderer Jevontai Ingram has run out of second chances.

An Oklahoma County judge last week ordered his arrest after he failed to appear at a court hearing to assess his progress on probation.

Prosecutors said Thursday said they will ask the judge to send him to prison.

Ingram is the armed drugstore robber who spent three years in custody after pharmacist Jerome Ersland fatally shot an accomplice in 2009. Ingram was 14 at the time of the robbery attempt in south Oklahoma City.

He spent another four months in custody after he vandalized his mother's car in September. He was put on probation in February after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.

Ingram, now 18, had not been arrested yet Thursday night.

The outcome of Ingram's case has been widely debated because Ersland was convicted at trial of first-degree murder over the shooting.

Ersland, 61, is serving a life sentence in prison.

Ingram was supposed to be living with an aunt in Texas while on probation but prosecutors suspect he has returned to Oklahoma City. Ingram last posted a photo of himself on Facebook May 3.

“He hasn't complied with his rules and conditions of probation,” District Attorney David Prater said.

Defense attorney Michael Johnson said he will oppose any request to send Ingram to prison. The attorney said Ingram did move out of his aunt's place because she charged him rent.

The attorney said Ingram has sent text messages that state he is still in Texas. The attorney said Ingram may not have known he had to show up at last week's hearing.

The attorney also said, “What happened was: David (Prater) and I tried to be damn social workers to this kid and get him in the best environment possible when, honestly, there's no environment to put him in. … He's got his apartment. He's got his girlfriend down there. He's working at a car wash, supposedly … and he just wants people to leave him alone.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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