Former Oklahoma City pharmacist wants his trial judge to overturn murder conviction

Former Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland claims he remembers new details about the shooting that led to his murder conviction. His attorney said he suppressed the details because of post-traumatic stress disorder.
by Nolan Clay Published: May 21, 2014
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Former pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland leaves a Cleveland County courtroom Monday after pleading guilty to a prison drug offense. Escorting him is Corrections Department officers Nick Skinner, left, and Billy Atkinson.
Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman


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Former pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland leaves a Cleveland County courtroom Monday after pleading guilty to a prison drug offense. Escorting him is Corrections Department officers Nick Skinner, left, and Billy Atkinson. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Jim Beckel -

A former pharmacist convicted of murder is again seeking a new trial, this time saying he has remembered suppressed details that support his innocence.

Jerome Jay Ersland, 62, is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting an already wounded teenage robber inside a south Oklahoma City drugstore in 2009.

Ersland on Wednesday asked his trial judge for relief based on newly discovered evidence. His attorney, Doug Friesen, said Ersland suppressed the details because he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Such delayed memory and recall is not unusual in traumatic occurrences,” Friesen told Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott in an application for post-conviction relief.

Claims memory delayed

In an affidavit, Ersland claims he now remembers he had a second gun in his pants pocket, not in a drawer. He claims he was trying to call 911 when he heard the intruder move so he pulled the gun out of his pocket.

“I saw his hand moving toward a backpack, which I thought contained a weapon,” Ersland stated.

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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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