Prosecutors: OKC Pharmacist Faked Gunshot Wound


Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 10:38 am
By: News 9


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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma County prosecutors are now claiming pharmacist Jerome Ersland faked a gunshot wound soon after a deadly shooting at Reliable Pharmacy.

Ersland is charged with murder in the death of 16-year-old robber Antwun Parker. Ersland shot Parker to death in May 2009 when the teen robbed the pharmacy.

New information in the case against Ersland was recently made public when a motion was unsealed for a hearing. Defense attorneys were trying to prevent a doctor and nurse from testifying about an incident involving Ersland after the shooting, but a judge ruled they can take the stand.

Prosecutors say Ersland faked a gunshot wound to his arm to support his claims he shot Parker in self defense. A source told News 9 Ersland went to see the doctor, but supposedly removed the bullet fragments from his arm by himself with a scalpel. Prosecutors say Ersland then asked the doctor to write out a prescription and specify it was for a gunshot wound. He also reportedly asked the nurse not to put in his medical file how the bullet fragments were removed.

Prosecutors say Ersland's actions prove "a consciousness of guilt."

The judge made several rulings Monday on who can and cannot testify during the trial. Defense attorney Irven Box wanted two doctors to testify about the stress people experience when robbed, but the judge barred the testimony.

Ersland's trial is scheduled to begin May 16.

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