Testimony resumes in Oklahoma pharmacist murder trial
4:40 AM, May 23, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Testimony is set to resume in Oklahoma County District Court in the first-degree murder trial of a pharmacist accused of murder in the shooting death of a teenager during an attempted robbery.
Fifty-nine-year-old Jerome Ersland is charged in the May 19, 2009, death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker. Testimony before a 12-member jury began on Friday and will resume Monday morning.
Ersland has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors say Ersland was justified when he initially shot Parker in the head and knocked him unconscious, but that he went too far when he picked up a second gun and shot the teen five more times in the torso.
Ersland faces possible penalties of life in prison with or without parole if found guilty of first-degree murder.