Pharmacy Shootings
Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder in the May 19, 2009 shooting death of a would-be robber, 16-year-old Antwun Parker, while Parker was incapacitated and lying on his back. Ersland is serving a life sentence in prison.

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  • Conversation: OKC pharmacy shooting

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2010

    NewsOK.com's general rule is to disallow comments on local crime stories. However, the high level of interest in this story leads us to believe that an ongoing public conversation about it is warranted. Feel free to comment on the Oklahoma City pharmacy shooting here. But please note that...

  • Oklahoma City pharmacist’s murder trial set for June

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Thu, Dec 3, 2009

    The murder trial for the pharmacist who fatally shot a would-be robber is scheduled to begin June 21 in Oklahoma City. The jury trial for Jerome Jay Ersland is expected to last more than a week. Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure scheduled the trial after talking Wednesday with the...

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

    By Nolan Clay - Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 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...

  • Jerome Ersland murder trial to be on TV, Internet

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2009

    A judge Thursday ruled a pharmacist’s murder trial will be televised so the public can witness justice unfold in a case she says has "ignited passions” like no other case in the state. Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure said the trial can be televised once jury...

  • Pharmacist Jerome Ersland's trial will be televised

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Nov 5, 2009

    A judge today ruled pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland's murder trial next year can be televised once the jury is selected. Ersland, 58, of Chickasha fatally shot robber Antwun "Speedy" Parker on May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City. Prosecutors say he went too...

  • Oklahoma City pharmacist to face trial

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Thu, Nov 5, 2009

    The pharmacist who fatally shot a robber was ordered Wednesday to face a murder trial. Oklahoma County Special Judge Greg Ryan agreed prosecutors had sufficient evidence against pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland for trial. The ruling came at a preliminary hearing after the judge watched two...

  • Judge orders pharmacist Jerome Ersland to trial in shooting death of robber

    By Nolan Clay - Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2009

    The state's chief medical examiner testified today a pharmacy robber was unconscious and on his back when he was fatally shot. Dr. Collie Trant was the first witness at a preliminary hearing for pharmacist Jerome Ersland of Chickasha. Ersland is charged with first-degree murder. Oklahoma...

  • Hearing set for pharmacist Jerome Ersland in killing

    By The Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2009

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge will decide whether a pharmacist accused of gunning down a 16-year-old boy during a robbery in south Oklahoma City should be tried for first-degree murder. A preliminary hearing for 57-year-old pharmacist Jerome Ersland is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Oklahoma...

  • Testimony yields insights in Jerome Ersland case

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2009

    After fatally shooting a robber May 19, the pharmacist picked up a drugstore phone and said, "This is Col. Jerome Ersland. I’ve just shot and killed someone,” a witness said Friday. Megan West, a Reliable Discount Pharmacy employee, testified Friday at a preliminary hearing for...

  • Teens forced into Oklahoma City pharmacy robbery that left one of them dead, witness says

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2009

    A teenager today said he felt two men forced him and a friend to rob an Oklahoma City pharmacy May 19, refusing his pleas to let them go home. Jevontai Ingram, 15, said he was told, "No, you're going to do the robbery." Ingram identified co-defendants, Anthony D. Morrison, 43, and...

  • Arrest adds new twist in Oklahoma City pharmacy shooting

    BY NOLAN CLAY | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2009

    An ex-convict’s girlfriend was arrested Wednesday afternoon after police alleged she was involved in the robbery of an Oklahoma City pharmacy in May. The arrest was the latest twist in a complicated case that attracted national attention after one of the robbers was fatally shot. Rozina...

  • Police: Fifth person involved in Oklahoma City pharmacy robbery

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2009

    Police today say a fifth person was involved in the plot to rob an Oklahoma City pharmacy in May. The case attracted national attention when prosecutors charged pharmacist Jerome Ersland with first-degree murder for killing one of the robbers and because prosecutors released a recording of the...

  • Judge may allow stations to televise pharmacist Jerome Ersland's trial

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2009

    A judge Friday indicated she will allow much of a pharmacist’s murder trial to be televised, but she put off ruling until Nov. 5. "I’m still struggling with that,” Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure said of her decision. Jerome Jay Ersland, 57, was charged...

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

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Fri, Aug 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...

  • State Briefs: Druggist’s hearing set

    Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2009

    OKLAHOMA CITY Druggist’s hearing set The preliminary hearing for a pharm-acist charged with first-degree murder is set for Nov. 4. Jerome Jay Ersland, 57, shown above, was charged after he fatally shot Antwun "Speedy” Parker, 16, on May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in...

  • Druggist Jerome Ersland's story varies

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2009

    © Copyright 2009, The Oklahoman A pharmacist’s explanation of what happened May 19, when he fatally shot a masked robber, keeps changing. Jerome Jay Ersland has given three versions so far, The Oklahoman found in a review of his statements to news reporters and to law enforcement. The...

  • Druggist Jerome Ersland's court case could be televised

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2009

    A judge said Wednesday she’ll consider allowing the televising of court proceedings involving a druggist charged with murder. Three television stations are seeking permission from Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure to televise the pharmacist’s case, including "the...

  • Oklahoma City druggist Jerome Ersland's record in doubt

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2009

    A pharmacist charged with murder told police he had killed before, while overseas in the first Gulf War. But according to his military records, he was never there. Instead, Jerome Jay Ersland spent the war in 1991 as the pharmacy chief at the military hospital at Altus Air Force Base in...

  • Gut shots claimed Oklahoma City pharmacy robber

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2009

    The robber killed by a pharmacist in May died from gunshots to his body, not the shot to his head, the state chief medical examiner confirmed in the autopsy report. Antwun Rayshaun Parker, 16, of Oklahoma City was knocked out after being shot in the head and would have survived that injury, Dr....

  • Lawyer says toll affects druggist Jerome Jay Ersland

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2009

    A pharmacist charged with first-degree murder has started mental health counseling, his defense attorney said Friday after his arraignment. Jerome Jay Ersland, 57, of Chickasha is accused of going too far when he fatally shot a robber May 19 at Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Killed...

  • Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland makes court appearance

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2009

    A pharmacist charged with first-degree murder in the death of a would-be teen robber has been arraigned before an Oklahoma County judge. Jerome Ersland, 57, was arraigned Friday before Special Judge Russell B. Hall. Hall scheduled a preliminary hearing conference in the case for Sept. 3 and...

  • Judge clears access to Oklahoma City druggist’s records

    Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2009

    A judge ruled Thursday for a second time that prosecutors can get the military records of a pharmacist charged with first-degree murder. Attorneys for Jerome Jay Ersland have until Wednesday to appeal. Oklahoma County District Judge Tammy Bass-LeSure ruled June 10 and again Thursday that...

  • Stress disorder may be factor in Oklahoma druggist’s acts, expert says

    RON JACKSON | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2009

    Dr. Frank Ochberg has watched the story around pharmacist Jerome Ersland unfold with great interest, given Ochberg’s expertise on post traumatic stress disorder and Ersland’s status as a military veteran. The Michigan psychiatrist said he has watched with dismay the heated, public...

  • Oklahoma City druggist appeals records ruling

    JAY F. MARKS | Updated: Thu, Jun 11, 2009

    Pharmacy murder suspect Jerome Jay Ersland will ask a state appeals court to block prosecutors from obtaining copies of his military records, his attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Irven Box unsuccessfully challenged a subpoena for Ersland’s military records, arguing they were not relevant...

  • District Attorney David Prater can subpoena pharmacist Jerome Ersland's military records

    JAY F. MARKS | Published: Wed, Jun 10, 2009

    An Oklahoma County judge refused today to prevent prosecutors from requesting a copy of murder suspect Jerome Jay Ersland's military records. Ersland, who was charged May 27 with killing a teenager involved in a robbery attempt at the pharmacy where he works, has said he served in the Army...



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Jerome Jay Ersland case timeline

May 19, 2009: Two teenage robbers attempt holdup of Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland kills one. The other flees.



May 27, 2009: Prosecutors charge Ersland with first-degree murder.



May 29, 2009: Prosecutors file a separate first-degree murder charge against two men who planned the robbery and the teenager who ran away. All three later are convicted.



Aug. 31, 2010: Ersland's first trial judge, Tammy Bass-LeSure, takes herself off case after prosecutors question her impartiality.



March 3, 2011: Appeals court refuses to disqualify Ersland's second trial judge, Ray C. Elliott. Defense attorneys complained he would be unfair.