Former Oklahoma pharmacist wants murder conviction overturned

Former pharmacist Jerome Ersland complained to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals he did not get a fair murder trial because of mistakes by his lead trial attorney, Irven Box. He wants the appeals court to overturn his 2011 murder conviction.
by Nolan Clay Modified: October 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm •  Published: October 1, 2012

Box, who was fired in April, said Friesen obviously based the appeal on Ersland's lies.

“The four of us together had 80 years-plus experience,” Box said of the trial team. “Our strategy was that the videotape of the shooting and the robbery and the two women testifying he was their hero should have caused a jury to acquit him.”

Ersland can be seen on surveillance recordings fatally shooting the robber, Antwun Parker, 16, inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy.

Parker and a friend, Jevontai Ingram, then 14, went into the drugstore in south Oklahoma City near closing time May 19, 2009, at the urging of two men. The men gave Ingram a gun, according to testimony in the criminal case. Parker was unarmed.

Ersland shot Parker once in the head as the boy pulled on a mask inside the store, surveillance recordings show. He then chased after Ingram, who ran outside. He then came back inside the store, got a second gun and shot Parker five more times.

Ersland admitted to the shooting but gave statements about what happened that did not match what can be seen on the surveillance recordings.

Prosecutors at his trial contended he went too far when he shot Parker again because the unarmed robber by then was unconscious from the head wound and not moving on the floor.

At the time of the shooting, Ersland was a pharmacist employed at the store. His license expired last year after he went to prison.

Since his conviction in May 2011, his supporters have gathered 33,628 signatures on petitions that call the verdict an outrage. Supporters delivered the latest batch of petitions to Gov. Mary Fallin's office Monday.

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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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