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Judge may allow stations to televise pharmacist Jerome Ersland's trial

Nolan Clay Published: August 29, 2009
A judge Friday indicated she will allow much of a pharmacist’s murder trial to be televised, but she put off ruling until Nov. 5.

"I’m still struggling with that,” Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure said of her decision.

Jerome Jay Ersland, 57, was charged with first-degree murder after he fatally shot a masked robber May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City.

Killed was Antwun "Speedy” Parker, 16.

The case attracted national attention when prosecutors released a video showing the pharmacist shooting Parker in the head, chasing another robber out of the store, then shooting Parker five more times.

Ersland, who lives in Chickasha, claims he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors allege he went too far.

Bass-LeSure put off her ruling until another judge decides if there will be a trial. Ersland is set to be in court next on Nov. 4 for a preliminary hearing.

Ersland does not oppose having his trial televised, his attorney Irven Box said.

"He’s ready to have it televised. He wants the public to know what went on,” Box told reporters Friday after meeting with Bass-LeSure.

Bass-LeSure said she wants Ersland to tell her himself that he does not object to his trial being televised. Ersland was not present Friday.

She also said she wants to see proposed guidelines for the television coverage.

The preliminary hearing will not be televised.

Oklahoma City stations KWTV-9 and KFOR-4 and Tulsa station KOTV-6 asked to televise public court proceedings in Ersland’s case.

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