Three charged in Oklahoma City drug store slaying

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: May 30, 2009 at 3:11 pm •  Published: May 30, 2009
Three robbery suspects were accused Friday in a first-degree murder charge of responsibility for the fatal drug store shooting of an alleged accomplice. Police report the youngest, a 14-year-old boy, confessed his involvement in the heist.

The three are charged with murder even though a pharmacist fired the fatal shots that killed Antwun "Speedy” Parker, 16, on May 19 at the Reliable Discount Pharmacy in south Oklahoma City.

They will be prosecuted separately from the pharmacist, Jerome Jay Ersland, who is accused in an earlier first-degree murder charge of going too far, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

The new charge against Jevontia Ingram, 14, Emanuel Dewayne Mitchell, 31, and Anthony Devale Morrison, 43, is the latest twist in the case. All are from Oklahoma City.

They are not accused of firing any shots themselves. The two adults allegedly stayed outside.

The three are charged under Oklahoma’s felony murder law, which says a robber, kidnapper, rapist, drug trafficker or certain other felons can be guilty of first-degree murder if someone dies as a result of the crime even if the death wasn’t intentional.

Prater on Wednesday said, "Because of the acts of the defendant we’ve charged in this case, Mr. Ersland, I don’t feel we’d be justified in filing a felony murder charge against the other robber in the case.” Prater said Friday he reversed his position after further legal research. He said no one pressured him to file the new murder case.

Ingram and Mitchell have been arrested. Police Friday were searching for Morrison. All three also are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The two men are charged with possession of a gun after a felony conviction. Both men have been in prison for robbery and assault.

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