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Testimony resumes in Oklahoma pharmacy shooting case

An Oklahoma City homicide detective is back on the witness stand as testimony resumes in the first-degree murder trial of a pharmacist charged in the shooting death of a teenager during an attempted robbery.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 24, 2011
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An Oklahoma City homicide detective is back on the witness stand as testimony resumes in the first-degree murder trial of a pharmacist charged in the shooting death of a teenager during an attempted robbery.


Det. Ryan Porter is to be cross-examined Tuesday by attorneys for 59-year-old Jerome Ersland. Ersland is charged in the shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker at a south Oklahoma City pharmacy.

Porter testified Monday that no evidence supports Ersland's claim that both robbers who entered the store opened fire. Porter said Parker was unarmed.

Ersland has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors say Ersland was justified in firing a first shot that knocked Parker unconscious, but that he went too far when he shot the teen five more times.

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