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Oklahoma City pharmacist shootings: Judge promised trainer no prison time, sources say

New accusation surfaces after judge steps down from Oklahoma City pharmacist's murder case.
BY RANDY ELLIS and NOLAN CLAY Modified: September 2, 2010 at 7:47 am •  Published: September 2, 2010

The district attorney responded by asking Ama if he would agree to secretly record Bass-LeSure the next time they had a training session, sources have told The Oklahoman. Ama, 20, reportedly did so July 22, wearing a hidden microphone.

When Ama and the judge next met, Bass-LeSure handed Ama a written list of three attorneys and told him they knew how to operate in her court, sources said.

The names on the list were Michael Johnson, Joe Brett Reynolds and Kendra Gill, a source said. Johnson and Reynolds are experienced criminal defense attorneys, while Gill became an attorney earlier this year.

Bass-LeSure was asked to step down from the pharmacist's case because Reynolds is one of his attorneys. Prosecutors were concerned Reynolds might have some favored status in her courtroom.

Reynolds told The Oklahoman on Tuesday he didn't understand why that conversation would call into question the judge's impartiality.

He accused Prater of taking action because he didn't like the judge. Reynolds said he offered to withdraw from the case if that would make a difference.

Johnson, Gill and Ama could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Ama is charged with one count of drug distribution and two counts of drug possession.

Edmond police arrested him and his fiancee at their Edmond apartment on April 7 after they allegedly sold OxyContin to a confidential informant at their residence. has disabled the comments for this article.

Ersland trial set for Dec. 6

An Oklahoma City pharmacist's murder trial has been reset to Dec. 6.

At a hearing Wednesday, Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott postponed the trial and ruled it will not be televised. The trial was set for Sept. 13.

Jerome Jay Ersland, 58, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal 2009 shooting of a masked robber.


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