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 fatal shooting to explain their decision.
A judge today ordered the arrest of Rozina Sayles, 44, of Oklahoma City on complaints of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and robbery with a firearm. She has not been formally charged.She was arrested this afternoon by Oklahoma County sheriff deputies without incident.
She was identified as the girlfriend of Anthony D. Morrison, one of two men accused of recruiting two teenagers to rob the Reliable Discount Pharmacy May 19.
Killed was Antwun "Speedy" Parker, 16, of Oklahoma City.
Prosecutors allege Ersland went too far, shooting Parker five more times after knocking Parker unconscious with a shot to the head. Ersland contends he acted in self-defense because Parker was getting back up. Prosecutors say Parker was unarmed. Ersland insisted Parker had a gun. Prosecutors have both been praised and sharply criticized for the decision to charge the pharmacist.
In a separate case, prosecutors also have charged Morrison, 43, Emanuel D. Mitchell, 31, and Jevontia Ingram, 15, with first-degree murder. All three are from Oklahoma City. Oklahoma law allows conspirators to be charged with murder if an accomplice dies during a robbery. Both men are convicted robbers who have spent years in prison.
Ingram has admitted he and his friend, Parker, went inside the pharmacy to rob it, police have reported. Ingram said he had a gun and Parker was unarmed. Ingram is cooperating with prosecutors and is expected to testify Friday against Morrison and Mitchell at their preliminary hearing in the murder case.
Ingram in interviews has said Sayles was present in a getaway car when Morrison instructed him how to rob the pharmacy, told him what drugs to ask for and then gave him the gun to use, police investigator Ryan Porter reported in the request for an arrest warrant for Sayles.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater interviewed Ingram Sept. 17 in preparation for the preliminary hearing. "Based on the information obtained," Prater approved seeking Sayles' arrest, police said.