Pharmacist makes court appearance

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A pharmacist charged with first-degree murder in the death of a would-be teen robber has been arraigned before an Oklahoma County judge.

Jerome Ersland, 57, was arraigned Friday before Special Judge Russell B. Hall. Hall scheduled a preliminary hearing conference in the case for Sept. 3 and allowed Ersland to remain free on $100,000 bond.

Ersland did not enter a plea and said nothing following the brief court hearing.

Ersland is accused in the May 19 shooting death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker as Parker and another teen tried to rob the pharmacy.

Prosecutors say Ersland was justified in shooting Parker once but that he went too far when he got a second gun and shot the teenager five more times as he lay on the floor.

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