The mother of the teen who has been charged with murder in connection with an Oklahoma City robbery attempt said her son and the youth who died were persuaded into robbing the pharmacy by two older men. "He’s 14 years old, he made a mistake. Everybody deserves a second chance in life,” Natasha Spigner said. "If he wasn’t encouraged with these older guys, he wouldn’t have did what he did.” Jevontia Ingram was arrested Thursday in connection with the May 19 robbery of Reliable Discount Pharmacy. Spigner said her son and Antwun Parker, 16, who was allegedly shot to death by pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland, were best friends. On Friday, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed a first-degree murder charge against Ingram along with Emanuel Dewayne Mitchell, 31, and Anthony Devale Morrison, 43. Ersland, 57, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in connection with Parker’s death. "David Prater said he wasn’t going to charge my son with no murder charges. He put that in the newspaper. He released that in the news. So why would he go back on his deal?” Spigner said. Spigner said she once dated Morrison, who has a history of armed robbery and assault convictions. She said it was Morrison’s idea to rob the pharmacy. "The two older guys need to face murder and not my son, because my son, they made my son go in there, they told my son they was going to hurt my son, so my son did what he was supposed to do to protect himself,” Spigner said. Spigner said the boys were wrong for robbing the pharmacy and she understands the pharmacy owners need to protect it. But she said Ersland went too far. "He didn’t have to kill that baby,” Spigner said. "He took justice into his own hands.”
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