Pharmacist Jerome Ersland's Oklahoma City murder trial set for June

By Nolan Clay - Staff Writer Modified: December 2, 2009 at 1:03 pm •  Published: December 2, 2009

A judge today decided a pharmacist's murder trial will begin June 21.

Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure scheduled the jury trial after talking with District Attorney David Prater and defense attorney Irven Box.

The pharmacist, Jerome Jay Ersland, 58, fatally shot robber Antwun "Speedy" Parker on May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City. Parker was 16.

Prosecutors charged Ersland with first-degree murder, alleging he went too far when he shot the unarmed robber five more times after knocking him unconscious with a shot to the head.

Ersland said he was defending himself and two female employees from a masked robber who was still moving. He also said he thought Parker had a gun. A second robber fled the drugstore and was apprehended.


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