Jerome Ersland, Oklahoma City pharmacist convicted of murder, has fired his attorney

Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland has fired Irven Box, his longtime attorney in his criminal case. Ersland is serving a life sentence for fatally shooting a robber. Box defended him at trial and had begun his appeal.
by Nolan Clay Published: April 11, 2012

The Oklahoma City pharmacist convicted of murder for fatally shooting a robber has fired his attorney. Jerome Ersland fired Oklahoma City attorney Irven Box by letter.

“I no longer desire your services on my case as of April 6,” Ersland wrote Box in the notarized termination letter.

Box, a longtime Oklahoma City attorney, began representing Ersland shortly after the 2009 shooting. Box was the pharmacist's lead attorney at the murder trial last year. Box already has begun Ersland's appeal at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Box said the letter was delivered to his law office Tuesday.

“I wish him the best,” Box said.

Representing Ersland now is Doug Friesen, an Oklahoma City attorney who specializes in cases involving gun rights. In an online letter to gun owners, Friesen calls himself “Your Gun Lawyer.”

A news conference is set for Wednesday morning at Friesen's law office.

Ersland changed attorneys because he was unhappy with his appeal, supporter Karen Monahan said Tuesday.

She and another supporter, Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, visited Ersland in prison Friday. “He didn't like the appeal at all. He just said with that appeal, he didn't think he had a chance. ... That's kind of what turned him right there,” Monahan said.


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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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