- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A retrial is underway for an Oklahoma City man accused of recruiting two teenagers to rob a pharmacy in a 2009 attempt that left one of them dead.

Emanuel Dewayne Mitchell, 37, was convicted of first-degree murder and other crimes in 2011. But an appeals court in 2013 ordered a retrial, because Mitchell wasn’t allowed to represent himself, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1MlCKDq ) reported.

In opening statements Tuesday, Mitchell said that he will prove that he’s “innocent of all charges.”

He told the jury that there’s a lack of physical evidence connecting him to the crimes. He’s charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Police say in May 2009, 16-year-old Antwun Parker and another teenager, who was armed, entered the Reliable Pharmacy in Oklahoma City with the intent to commit a robbery. Meanwhile, Mitchell and 49-year-old Anthony Morrison waited outside as getaway drivers.

Authorities said pharmacist Jerome Ersland had grabbed a gun and shot Parker in the head. After chasing the other teenager out of the business, Ersland returned and shot Parker several more times, killing him.

Prosecutors said Ersland wasn’t justified in shooting Parker again, because he was unconscious and not a threat.

Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder. Morrison was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a robbery.

Mitchell and Morrison were charged with first-degree murder under a state law that permits such a charge if an accomplice dies during a robbery. The retrial is set to continue Wednesday morning.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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