Jurors begin deliberations in Oklahoma City pharmacist's murder trial

Jerome Jay Ersland, 59, faces life in prison or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of first-degree murder. He did not testify.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Modified: May 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm •  Published: May 25, 2011

Jurors also heard testimony Wednesday that Ersland sought medical treatment on July 2, 2009, for what he said was an infected gunshot wound suffered during a shoot-out inside the pharmacy. Prosecutors say he faked the injury in an effort to support his defense.

A Chickasha physician, Laura Black-Wicks, testified an X-ray showed Ersland had two small metal fragments in his left wrist. She said Ersland removed the fragments himself while she was away from the examination room.

“I was a little shocked,” she said of his action. She said Ersland asked her not to document in his medical records that he took out the fragments. “I explained to him I could not do that,” she testified.

The doctor said Ersland asked her in January 2010 for a prescription for an anti-inflammatory gel. She said he wanted the prescription label to say it was for a gunshot wound.

Police witnesses have said there is no evidence the robber with the gun fired it before fleeing. The second robber, Jevontai Ingram, now 16, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for his role in Parker's death. Also, a paramedic testified earlier Ersland had a small abrasion on his left wrist the night of the robbery but the superficial injury was not a gunshot wound.

The defense witness, Jeanne Read, testified she and another pharmacy worker, her daughter, fled to a backroom when the robbers came in. She said she heard one, using an expletive, say, “You … bitches get back here.”

“Do you believe Jerome Ersland saved you and your daughter's lives?” defense attorney Irven Box asked.

“Yes, I do,” she said.

“Is it safe to say you were in fear for your life?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said.

“Scared to death, weren't you?” Box asked.

“Yes, I was,” she said.


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