A teenager testified Tuesday he went along “just for the fun of it” with plans to rob a south Oklahoma City drugstore and that he didn't know at first a pharmacist fatally shot an accomplice.
Jevontai Ingram, 16, told jurors he is the masked robber seen on a security camera recording pointing a handgun at two female employees inside the Reliable Discount Pharmacy on May 19, 2009.
He testified he was demanding drugs and money from the women when he saw pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland out of the corner of his eye. He said the pharmacist started firing a gun.
“He shot to my right and then he shot to my left,” Ingram said.
Ingram said he did not realize his friend, accomplice Antwun “Speedy” Parker, 16, had been shot in the head. Ingram said he thought Parker had fled already. He said he ran out the door.
He said Ersland followed him outside and fired at him three more times. He said he heard one shot hit a truck as he jumped over a small tree and slid to the ground.
Ingram was then 14.
His testimony came at the murder trial for two men accused of planning the robbery.
Anthony D. “Black” Morrison, 44, and Emanuel D. “E Man” Mitchell, 33, are charged under Oklahoma's felony murder law, which allows a robber to be convicted of murder if an accomplice dies during the crime.
Jurors have been told the two men are cousins.
The pharmacist faces a separate murder trial in May. Ersland, 59, is accused of going too far when he went back inside the pharmacy and shot Parker five more times. Those last shots, to the abdomen area, were the fatal ones.
Teen pleaded guilty
Ingram already has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for his role in his friend's death. He testified Tuesday that Morrison gave him the gun. He also said Morrison pressured him and Parker to go through with the robbery when they panicked a little.
He testified Morrison told them “just go do it and get it over with.”
He said Mitchell gave him and Parker clothes and masks and drove them to the pharmacy. He said Mitchell told them to use a board to prevent the pharmacy door from locking them in. He said Mitchell waited outside in a stolen getaway car. He said Morrison and a female friend were in a separate car.
Ingram said the two men earlier had talked of getting drugs from a south side pharmacy and of selling the pills to a man in Tulsa for $1,500 a piece. He said he and Parker rode along with Mitchell from north Oklahoma City just to have a ride.