Oklahoma City pharmacist Jerome Ersland appeals murder conviction
BY NOLAN CLAY NewsOK.com
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
10/02/12 at 6:14 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - A former pharmacist who was convicted of murder complained in an appeal Monday that he did not get a fair trial because his lead attorney botched his defense.
Jerome Jay Ersland, 60, is serving a life term in prison.
"There is no doubt that this was ineffective assistance of counsel, probably the most egregious example of it that we have ever seen," said a major Ersland supporter, state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City.
The former lead attorney, Irven Box, said he and the three other attorneys involved in the 2011 trial did their best with a difficult client.
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Original Print Headline: Pharmacist appeals murder conviction
Jerome Ersland (right) is led from an Oklahoma County courtroom after he was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for the May 2009 shooting of 16-year-old Antwun Parker in Oklahoma City. Ersland's supporters appealed his conviction and life sentence Monday, saying he received ineffective legal counsel at his trial. SUE OGROCKI / Associated Press file