“He's lost all the color out of his hair because of the stress of the situation, but he's not given up,” the senator said. “His resolve is stronger now than it has ever been.”
About the case
An Oklahoma County jury last May found Ers
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.
The men gave Ingram a gun, according to testimony in the criminal case. Parker was unarmed.
Ersland shot Parker in the head as the boy pulled on a mask inside the store, according to surveillance recordings. He then chased after Ingram, who ran outside. He then came back inside the store, got a second gun and shot Parker five more times.
Ersland admitted to the shooting but gave statements about what happened that did not match what can be seen on the surveillance recordings.
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 at trial said he was a hero who defended two female co-workers and himself.
Jurors afterward said the recordings from the security cameras proved Ers
Ersland “never even glanced at him,” one juror said.
Ersland did not testify at his trial. His pharmacy license expired after he went to prison.
At the news conference Wednesday, Friesen said, “I have represented numerous police officers in reference to shootings, and I can tell you the one universal fact that I always see in these instances is that people go into shock.”
The attorney said it was not unusual that Ersland described things about the shooting that didn't actually happen.
“When the masked robbers came through the door, all rational thought stopped at that point and did not start again until much later,” he said. “Your mind rewrites those situations in your head.”
Ersland told The