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Judge orders arrest of convicted murderer in Jerome Ersland case

by Nolan Clay Modified: May 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: May 9, 2013
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Prosecutors gave Ingram a break in his murder case for his testimony against the two men who recruited him to rob the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City. Both are now in prison, in part because of his cooperation.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder because his friend, accomplice Antwun Parker, 16, was killed. His time in custody included stays in the Oklahoma County jail and juvenile facilities.

His deal required him to stay out of further trouble. Prosecutors could ask the judge to order Ingram to serve up to a life term in prison. They likely will seek a shorter stay. Ingram is no longer eligible for juvenile detention.

Ersland is appealing his murder conviction.

Prosecutors alleged Ersland was in the wrong because he shot the second robber five more times after knocking him unconscious with a shot to the head. Prosecutors also pointed out at trial that the second robber did not have a gun and was on the floor when he was shot the last five times.

Jurors agreed with prosecutors. They rejected Ersland's claim that he was justified in his actions because he was defending himself and two female employees. His pharmacy license expired after he went to prison.

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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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