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

BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer Modified: September 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm •  Published: September 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 Emanuel D. Mitchell, 31, as the two men who had him and his friend, Antwun "Speedy" Parker, rob the Reliable Discount Pharmacy. "It's all lies," Mitchell told reporters during a lunch break.

The robbery attracted national attention because pharmacist Jerome Ersland fatally shot Parker during the robbery. Parker was 16.

Prosecutors have charged the pharmacist with first-degree murder, saying he went too far when he shot Parker five more times after knocking Parker unconscious with a shot to the head. Ersland contends he acted in self-defense.

The testimony today came only in the case against Morrison and Mitchell. They also are charged with first-degree murder. Oklahoma law allows conspirators to be charged with murder if an accomplice dies during a robbery.

Ingram also is charged with murder but is cooperating with prosecutors. In exchange for his cooperation, he is to be prosecuted as a youthful offender rather than an adult. The designation means he would go to a secure juvenile facility but could be held there no later five months after his 18th birthday.

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