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Druggist Jerome Ersland's court case could be televised

Nolan Clay Modified: July 30, 2009 at 10:03 am •  Published: July 30, 2009
A judge said Wednesday she’ll consider allowing the televising of court proceedings involving a druggist charged with murder.

Three television stations are seeking permission from Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure to televise the pharmacist’s case, including "the preliminary hearing and any resulting jury trial.” The judge told The Oklahoman she will consider the request.

"In this case, which is one generating an immense amount of public interest, it is especially appropriate to permit the public to observe court proceedings,” said attorneys for Oklahoma City stations KWTV-9 and KFOR-4 and Tulsa station KOTV-6.

Jerome Jay Ersland fatally shot a robber May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder. Killed was Antwun "Speedy” Parker, 16.

The case attracted national attention when prosecutors released a videotape showing the pharmacist shooting Parker in the head, chasing another robber out of the store, then shooting Parker five more times.

"Citizens have expressed strong and strikingly different opinions about the actions of Jerome Ersland,” the television stations’ attorneys told the judge.

The pharmacist is not objecting to televising his proceedings.

District Attorney David Prater said prosecutors "have not made a final determination of whether we object or not.”

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