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Pharmacy shooter, Jerome Ersland's, preliminary hearing will not be televised

Nolan Clay Modified: August 28, 2009 at 12:53 pm •  Published: August 28, 2009

A judge today put off deciding whether pharmacist Jerome Ersland's murder trial can be televised.

Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure said she will not rule until after Ersland has a preliminary hearing Nov. 4.

At the preliminary hearing, another judge will decide if prosecutors have sufficient evidence for a trial.

Ersland, 57, was charged with first-degree murder after he fatally shot a robber May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Killed was Antwun "Speedy" Parker, 16.

The case attracted national attention when prosecutors released a video showing the pharmacist shooting Parker in the head, chasing another robber out of the store, then shooting Parker five more times. Ersland, who lives in Chickasha, claims he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors allege he went too far.

Three TV stations are asking Bass-LeSure to allow them to televise court hearings. She ruled today the preliminary hearing will not be televised. She said she will consider the request again Nov. 5, if Ersland is ordered to face trial.

Ersland does not object to having his trial televised, his attorney said. The judge said she wants to ask Ersland directly Nov. 5 about his wishes, after he's had his preliminary hearing. Ersland was not present today.

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