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Testimony Continues In Retrial Of Suspect In Reliable Pharmacy Shooting

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Emanuel Mitchell is represnting himself at his retrial. Emanuel Mitchell is represnting himself at his retrial.
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On Monday the jury heard from one of the employees at the Reliable Pharmacy and a woman who lived nearby the pharmacy, who claims to have seen Emanuel Mitchell's car before calling 911.

The homeowner, Michael Powell (pronounced Michelle), was driving her car near the pharmacy and identified Mitchell as being the man behind the wheel of the car that drove up to the pharmacy. She testified she also saw Ersland shooting at the teen running from the pharmacy. That teen was Javantai Ingram, who testified last week.

Powell testified she saw Ingram, who was wearing a red T-shirt at the time, jump into a Honda and that they passed her car.

Prosecutors played the 911 tape of the call Powell made from her car for the jury to hear. Powell said she helped police locate the car so they could arrest the suspects who were trying to get away, but who drove their car into the front lawn of a nearby home. She testified she was pulling a boat from her yard.

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During cross examination, Powell said she made eye contact with Mitchell as he drove past her. Mitchell, who is representing himself in this retrial, asked if she was sure and Powell responded, "Yes, I am sure it was you."

Next on the stand was Jennifer Foster, who lived on SW 58th St. She said she saw Mitchell in the car from her home when she was changing her 3-month-old son's diaper.

Next to take the stand, OHP trooper Eric Foster, Jennifer Foster's husband. Foster said he was trimming the hedges around his home was in the backyard northwest corner of his house, but could see a black male and saw a gold or tan Honda in is front yard.

Foster said the black male turned around and acknowledged him, then approached and said, "It's messed up. Everything's messed up."

Foster said at first the black man denied it was his car. He testified the black male claimed two guys in the car chased him, but Foster said he had a limp and did not believe he could have run that far with his limp. Foster said the man introduced himself to him as Emanuel Mitchell, and even showed his ID so he could borrow his phone.

Foster identified Mitchell as the man who introduced himself to him that day in May. He testified that he let him use his phone and said he heard Mitchell call someone and again tell the person on the other line "It's all messed up.” Foster testified Mitchell changed his story several times.

The next witness, Dee Miranda, called to the stand was the woman who reported her Honda Accord had been stolen the day before the attempted robbery and shooting at the Reliable Pharmacy. Prosecutors pointed out through the use of pictures that it was the same car that Mitchell was driving the day of the Reliable Pharmacy robbery. She testified her car was recovered the day after it was reported stolen and found in the yard on S.W. 58th Street. She said when she went to recover the car, discovered the steering column had been damaged.

Next on the stand was Gustavo Cabello, an OCPD patrol officer who responded to the scene where the car was found and who took Mitchell into investigative detention after the crash.

Officer Kevin Long with Oklahoma City police testified next. He was partners with Officer Cabello the afternoon of May 19, 2009. He talked about responding to the scene and what happened during Mitchell's arrest.

Right before the state called its next law enforcement witness, Mitchell asked to approach the bench and asked the judge and state prosecutors a question about procedure, but nothing was said to the jury about the question.

Next on the stand was MSgt. Clay Williams, who responded to the scene as part of the crime scene investigation team.


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