Oklahoma City pharmacist made up account of being chased by red truck, prosecutors say

Prosecutors wanted mental examination.
BY NOLAN CLAY nclay@opubco.com Published: September 23, 2011
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The judge questioned the pharmacist directly at a closed hearing then ruled he did not need to be examined.

The prosecutors reported finding the claim in Ersland's medical records.

They reported Ersland on Aug. 20, 2009, told doctors he was driving from Blanchard to Chickasha when a red truck with emergency lights, a grader, jacked-up suspension and large wheels chased him down the highway.

He told doctors the truck tried to push him into a culvert when he stopped, but he got away, prosecutors reported.

Ersland lived in Chickasha.

Convicted in May

Ersland was convicted in May of first-degree murder for killing an unarmed robber inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City two years ago.

Prosecutors said the fallen robber, Antwun “Speedy” Parker, 16, was clearly unconscious from a shot to the head when Ersland got a second gun and shot him five more times. Ersland said he was defending himself and two female co-workers.

He claimed the masked robber was getting back up.

A second robber, Jevontai Ingram, had fled already. Ingram, then 14, did have a gun.