Druggist faces murder charge

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OKLAHOMA CITY --- Confronted by two holdup men, pharmacist Jerome Ersland pulled a gun, shot one of them in the head and chased the other away. Then, in a scene recorded by the drugstore's security camera, he went behind the counter, got another gun, and pumped five more bullets into the wounded teenager as he lay on the floor.

Now Mr. Ersland has been charged with first-degree murder in a case that has stirred a furious debate over self-defense and turned the pharmacist into something of a folk hero.

Mr. Ersland, 57, is free on $100,000 bail, courtesy of an anonymous donor. He has won praise from the pharmacy's owner and received cards, letters and checks from supporters.

"His adrenaline was going. You're just thinking of survival," said John Paul Hernandez, 60, a retired Defense Department employee who grew up in the neighborhood.

District Attorney David Prater said Mr. Ersland was justified in shooting 16-year-old Antwun Parker once in the head, but not in firing the additional shots into his belly. The prosecutor said the teenager was unconscious, unarmed, lying on his back and posing no threat when Mr. Ersland fired what the medical examiner said were the fatal shots.

Anthony Douglas, the president of the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, called it an "execution-style murder" and praised the district attorney for bringing charges. Mr. Ersland is white; the two suspects were black.

If convicted, Mr. Ersland could be sentenced to life in prison with or without parole, or receive the death penalty.

The 14-year-old boy accused of wielding the gun in the robbery was arrested Thursday. The district attorney said he will seek murder charges against the teenager, a man accused of being the getaway driver and another man suspected of helping talk the teens into the crime.

'MAKE MY DAY' LAW

Under Oklahoma's "Make My Day Law" -- passed in the late 1980s and named for one of Clint Eastwood's most famous movie lines -- people can use deadly force when they feel threatened by an intruder inside their homes. In 2006, Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground Law" extended that to anywhere a citizen has the right to be, such as a car or office.

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TheGeorgian
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TheGeorgian 05/30/09 - 02:20 pm
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Y'does the crime an' y'takes

Y'does the crime an' y'takes the consequences. This gonna happen a whole lot more around Augusta if the stores don't quit getting knocked over on a regular basis. If you need food go to the food bank. If y'need a job CREATE a job and be your own boss. Cut grass, deliver firewood, run errands, start your own business. The wages of crime is a bullet.

jusanote
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jusanote 06/03/09 - 03:10 pm
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I think he should be brought

I think he should be brought up on murder charges! I am all for defending yourself when your life is threatened but chasing the guy who ran away and especially coming back and putting more shots into the guy who was already completely under control was going too far! I have to wonder if Mr. Ersland would have been so quick to keep shooting the downed robber if he had been white. Mr. Ersland needs to know that while he was justified to defend his own life, he DID NOT have the right to execute another person. This is not the Wild Wild West and he is not Wyatt Earp!!

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/06/09 - 06:29 am
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I don't care if he shot him

I don't care if he shot him 50 times. The little low life [filtered word]punk got just what he deserved. Three cheers for DrErsland!!!!!

justus4
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justus4 06/06/09 - 06:44 am
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This is the correct charge
Unpublished

This is the correct charge but is actually a extremely slippery slope. This guy will probably get off because the judicial system is corrupted through the jury selection process and proving that this guy believed his person was not in danger will be complicated. Again, he will get probation and this kind of behavior will increase.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 07:13 am
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I like how the NAACP comes to

I like how the NAACP comes to the rescue of the criminals! They are nothing but a bunch of hate mongers who justify murder and violence. I wish he would have gunned them all down for their violent acts against the community.

disssman
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disssman 06/06/09 - 07:24 am
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I think he should have tied a

I think he should have tied a rope around his ankles and drug him to the trash dump after killing him. Pure unadulterated trash period. If Mama didn't want to loose the kid, she should have taught him a little respect for the property of others.

pah4r
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pah4r 06/06/09 - 07:38 am
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Count on the NAACP, Jesse,

Count on the NAACP, Jesse, and Al to come running in defense of the criminal at all times if they are black for they wish to continue the hate factor within America to justify their useless existence. Never do you, would you hear of such outpouring for the criminal if they are white or any other ethnic group. What's up with that justus4??? Crooks, thugs, murderers, all who seek to do harm to society should be exterminated as the bottom feeders, oxygen stealers that they are.

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/06/09 - 07:45 am
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Too bad the DR, didn't get a

Too bad the DR, didn't get a death cap in the other little pos!

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/06/09 - 08:00 am
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Maybe he should have just

Maybe he should have just tied the shot punk to his bumper and dragged him through the streets until he came to pieces. The left doesn't seem to feel this is a crime.

WAG
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WAG 06/06/09 - 08:06 am
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Little brats think they can

Little brats think they can just take what they want. Mama never taught them any better,,,Now the NAACP will come in to defend the little darlings..... He got what he deserved.....If you want what other people have get a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 08:12 am
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WAG they are victims of

WAG they are victims of laziness, they didn't work in school they are not going to work in society. I never here of the NAACP or Rev Al and Jackson doing marches and protest against the Gangs that kill thousands every year.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 06/06/09 - 08:13 am
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The druggist should be given

The druggist should be given the key to the city!!!

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 06/06/09 - 08:13 am
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The best way to get rid of

The best way to get rid of the punk crooks is to eliminate them. Then we don't have to pay for their atty, some bleeding heart doesn't feel sorry for them and give them a light sentence so they can get out and possibly kill someone. If more were eliminated, that would be a definite deterrant. A crook is a crook, is a crook - no matter what color.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/06/09 - 08:44 am
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Now if the 16 year old had

Now if the 16 year old had shot and killed the pharmacist (it would just be another story we hear everyday)then likely because he is a minor he would be walking with ten years or less. Now watch this man get life in prison or the death penalty. Now tell me which one is "justice".

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 08:46 am
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Converted much like the Cop

Converted much like the Cop shooting in NA this week, that man was already a felon. The liberal rehabilitation programs have worked. I say chain gangs and prison farms. I think ten years of hard labor would be a better deterrent than ten years of watching TV and weight lifting.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 08:51 am
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Unless he pleads for a lesser

Unless he pleads for a lesser charge, they cannot convict him on 1st degree murder. He did not have time to plan it out!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/06/09 - 08:53 am
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The pharmacist shoots the

The pharmacist shoots the poor black kid and it is all over every media outlet, but young black kids shoot and kill white men everyday and we don't even notice the news blip. Something fundamentally wrong that we can be so numb.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 06/06/09 - 09:01 am
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He won't be convicted by a

He won't be convicted by a jury and rightly so. Once you pull a gun on someone you are fair game. I say fill the thugs full of lead until you run out of bullets.

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 06/06/09 - 09:32 am
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When druggist was asked why

When druggist was asked why he shot the crook so many times, he should have said "that's all the bullets I had".

colcamp1
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colcamp1 06/06/09 - 10:08 am
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You all are a bunch of sick

You all are a bunch of sick people. The only sensible post came from jusanote. The comments about NAACP and similar just goes to show the sick mentality of most of the posters on this site. This has nothing to do about race and everything to do with reasonable force. Once the threat was neutralized, he had an obligation to stop. It is so easy for a lot of you to cheer him on because of the suspect involved. All this will lead to is the robbers shooting first and taking the money later. I am all for defending oneself but after the first sot, it was a case of murder.

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/06/09 - 10:12 am
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Col, was he sure the threat

Col, was he sure the threat was over????? Were you there??? And every comment made about the naacp and sharpto and jackson are valid. Sorry if you fit in the same category! By the way, if this has nothing to ddo with race, why is the naacp sticking it's nose into it? Would we hear anything from them if it had been a white kid shot by a black druggist?

WW1949
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WW1949 06/06/09 - 10:17 am
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Bravo for the druggist. Give

Bravo for the druggist. Give him a medal. Maybe if they convict him the governor will turn around and commute the sentance. The store owners in Augusta need to start shoothing the robbers that enter their stores. No one misses those kind of people and who needs them anyway.

TELLITLIKEITIS1
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TELLITLIKEITIS1 06/06/09 - 10:50 am
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This case has nothing to do

This case has nothing to do with race....he should have fired at the boys....yes the extra shooting was a bit much...but his charges should not be that extreme....maybe he should be punished for the extra shooting...and that's a maybe.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 11:03 am
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Yea he should charge the

Yea he should charge the living purp's for the cartridges! The juveniles parents should be charged with child neglect and sued for emotional damages. It is time parents should also be charged for their juvenile delinquents.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 11:07 am
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Colcamp people shouldn't

Colcamp people shouldn't defend themselves because it could create a more hostile criminal?

TELLITLIKEITIS1
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TELLITLIKEITIS1 06/06/09 - 11:08 am
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I dont agree that the parents

I dont agree that the parents should be charged for their childrens' actions. You can teach children all you can, but they in the end actually make the decisions.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 11:09 am
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The NAACP could be using its

The NAACP could be using its resources protecting the innocent, instead of defending the criminals.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/06/09 - 11:10 am
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A 14 year old that robs is

A 14 year old that robs is the parents responsibility.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/06/09 - 11:12 am
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Well it seems obvious the

Well it seems obvious the pharmacist lost it and the crime should be addressed. Perhaps a year or two in a mental facility to try and address the man's issues. But remember who the criminal is in this situation and who precipitated the events-the robber. The pharmacist isn't the criminal and it would be an injustice for him to serve time in prison or get the death penalty. The crime should be addressed and his mental status evalutated.

TELLITLIKEITIS1
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TELLITLIKEITIS1 06/06/09 - 11:17 am
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He is the parents

He is the parents responsibility, but he cannot be watched 24 hours a day at that age....BIz, i think he does not need a mental evaluation. I mean, two young men approached him with deadly weapons. He could have been shot and dead himself. He reacted the way many would have....he's a man protecting himself and others. anytime a man feels threatened by another male...this kind of thing happens.

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