DA says pharmacy is place to go for addicts
District Attorney David Prater told The Oklahoman on March 11 that the small pharmacy has become a go-to place for addicts.
“It's apparent now that the word on the street is if you want certain types of prescription drugs, you can go to Reliable Pharmacy and get it,” Prater said.
The pharmacy's attorneys complained in legal papers that to rely on sales statistics “as proof of illegal activity is not only faulty logic, but smacks of a witch hunt against Reliable.”
The attorneys wrote Reliable Discount Pharmacy serves those who cannot afford the prices at chain stores. They also wrote it has more customers now because other discount pharmacies have closed and because of the publicity about the shooting.
A former store employee, Jerome Ersland, 60, was convicted last year of first-degree murder. He is serving a life sentence.
Jurors agreed Ersland should not have shot the unarmed robber again after knocking the robber to the floor with a shot to the head in 2009.
Prosecutors at last year's trial put on evidence showing the robber, Antwun Parker, 16, was unconscious from the first shot and not moving when the pharmacist shot him five more times.
Ersland contended he was defending himself and two other employees.
He claimed the robber was getting back up but he gave conflicting accounts of what happened.