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Oklahoma pharmacist's hearing set; timing means murder trial delay

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: November 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm •  Published: November 15, 2010
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An Oklahoma County district judge today set a hearing for Dec. 6 on a defense request for him to step down from a pharmacist's murder case.

That schedule means the trial for Jerome Jay Ersland will be delayed until next year. The trial had been set to begin Dec. 6.

Defense attorneys allege Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliottt has shown he can't be fair. They complain he has made racial slurs about Hispanics.

Prosecutors contend the defense attorneys are making the accusations only to get a trial delay. The said attorneys are making a mockery of the court system

Ersland was charged with first-degree murder after he shot a robber six times last year inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City.

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