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Convicted Oklahoma City pharmacist hopes for governor's pardon

In telephone interview from jail, Jerome Jay Ersland thanked supporters. A jury May 26 convicted Ersland of first-degree murder.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: June 5, 2011 at 8:15 am •  Published: June 5, 2011
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Prosecutors charged Ersland after reviewing recordings from pharmacy security cameras that contradicted his statement to police.

Defense attorneys said Ersland courageously defended himself and two female co-workers from two robbers. Defense attorneys stressed one robber, who fled, pointed a gun. Defense attorneys conceded at trial that Ersland has said “goofy” things and acted in ways that are out of the ordinary.

Two guns

Ersland said Friday, again, that both robbers had guns. He said he believes a plainclothes police officer or someone else picked up Parker's gun and didn't report it. Prosecutors insisted only the robber who fled was armed. The security camera recordings do not show a gun in Parker's hands.

Ersland also said again Friday he was shot in the left wrist during the robbery. Prosecutors said at the trial that the physical evidence proved only the pharmacist fired shots. Prosecutors also put on evidence at the trial that they said showed Ersland faked a gunshot wound weeks after the robbery by inserting metal fragments into his wrist. Ersland insists the gunshot wound was real.

The security camera recordings show Ersland shot Parker five more times after chasing the other robber outside the store, coming back in and getting a second gun. Ersland said Friday he had walked past Parker to call police and got the second gun instead because Parker began moving.

Prosecutors said at the trial that the undisturbed pool of blood beneath Parker's head and other evidence prove the boy never moved on the pharmacy floor.

Ersland said Friday “I would do it the same way” if he had it to do over. He said he regrets he did not testify himself at the trial.

He repeated his complaints about the jail. He is upset because a jail doctor took him off his pain medication. He said he has been unable to sleep or eat for days.

“I'm doing absolutely terrible,” he said Friday.

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