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

An Oklahoma County jury found Ersland guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting Antwun Parker, 16, inside the pharmacy. Ersland, 60, was sentenced to a life term in prison.

Parker and a friend, Jevontai Ingram, then 14, went into the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City near closing time May 19, 2009, at the urging of two men. They had been told to ask for the prescription drug OxyContin.

The men gave Ingram a gun, according to testimony in the criminal case. Parker was unarmed.

The pharmacist shot Parker in the head as the boy pulled on a mask inside the store, according to surveillance recordings. He then chased Ingram outside. He next came back inside the store, got a second gun and shot Parker five more times.

Ersland admitted to the shooting but gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

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.

Ersland's attorneys said he was a hero who defended two female co-workers and himself.

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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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