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Defense wants judge off Oklahoma City pharmacy shooting case

A hearing is scheduled to determine whether the judge should step down in the murder trial of an Oklahoma City pharmacist accused of killing an unconscious teenager during a robbery
By The Associated Press Modified: December 6, 2010 at 6:46 am •  Published: December 6, 2010
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A hearing is scheduled to determine whether the judge should step down in the murder trial of an Oklahoma City pharmacist accused of killing an unconscious teenager during a robbery.

A hearing will be held Monday to determine if District Judge Ray Elliot should be removed from the case.

Attorneys for pharmacist Jerome Ersland allege in court filings that the judge used racial slurs and that the judge's wife, who works in the district attorney's office, e-mailed the judge about the case.

Prosecutors say there is no evidence to support those allegations, and that even if proven true, there is nothing that would deprive Ersland of a fair trial.

Ersland is charged with first-degree murder in the May 2009 shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker.