Oklahoma City pharmacist's murder trial delayed until Dec. 6

The murder trial of Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland, who shot a masked robber six times in May 2009 inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City, is set to begin Dec. 6.
By Nolan Clay Modified: September 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm •  Published: September 1, 2010

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Prosecutors never made public their concerns about Bass-LeSure. They are required in any case to raise fairness issues with a judge at first privately.

The revelation someone wore "a wire" to record a conversation with Bass-LeSure both astonished and amused many at the Oklahoma County courthouse.

The Oklahoman was told the gym trainer had a pending drug case assigned to Bass-LeSure. In July, she gave the trainer the names of three defense attorneys. One of the names was Joe Brett Reynolds, who is one of the pharmacist's four attorneys.

Reynolds told The Oklahoman he understood that his name was the second mentioned by the judge. He said he never got a call from the defendant because of the referral. He said he doesn't understand why that conversation would call into question the judge's impartiality.

"What is the big beef?" Reynolds asked.

He accused Prater of acting because the district attorney doesn't like Bass-LeSure. "I offered to withdraw from the case and asked if that would make a difference and Mr. Prater said, 'No,'" Reynolds said.

Killed during the robbery was Antwun "Speedy" Parker, 16, of Oklahoma City.

The case attracted national attention last year when prosecutors released a surveillance video. The recording shows the pharmacist shooting Parker in the head, chasing another robber out of the store, returning to the store for a second gun, then shooting Parker five more times.

Prosecutors allege the pharmacist went too far when he shot Parker again in the abdomen and stomach. They contend Parker was unarmed and unconscious from the first shot. Prosecutors also contend the pharmacist knew he went too far because he lied to police.


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