The pharmacist, Jerome Jay Ersland, is going on trial next month. The guys charged in this case with felony murder are the accomplices who supposedly planned the robbery. But, the incredible thing is, the only death that took place is the one dealt out by Ersland, not by the robbers.The recordings show a masked robber, Jevontai Ingram, then 14, pointing a gun at two female employees while an accomplice, Antwun “Speedy” Parker, pulls on a mask.
The recordings then show pharmacist Jerome Jay Ersland shoot Parker in the head and chase Ingram out of the store.
The pharmacist then comes back inside the store, gets a second gun and shoots Parker, who had fallen, five more times. Doctors determined the last shots were the fatal ones. Parker was 16.
What's your opinion? Do you think the concept of "felony murder" is a good one? And should it apply regardless of how someone ends up dead?
Doesn't it seem that, if Ersland murdered one of the robbers, which seems pretty clear, then the dead robber and his friends should not be blamed for that murder. That one is on Ersland, period.
Let's fact it, this is Oklahoma and anything is possible. I'll say it right now. if these guys are convicted of felony murder and Ersland gets off, I'm going to submit Oklahoma for The Crown. How's that sound?
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