No Mental Evaluation For OK City Shooter
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May 17th, 2010 04:55 PM
No Mental Evaluation For OK City Shooter
A judge has refused to force Jerome Ersland to undergo a mental competency examination. Ersland is the OK City pharmacist who killed a wounded robber who was unarmed and incapacitated. Ersland has been charged with murder.
Ersland's trial date is set for June 21, 2010. The trial will be televised.
Prosecutors asked the judge to have Ersland evaluated. They wanted a mental health expert to determine if he is competent enough for a trial. Defense attorneys objected, saying Ersland is competent. At issue in a mental competency exam is whether a defendant understands the charge against him and can assist in his defense. In almost every case, defense attorneys ask for such exams, not prosecutors.
Prosecutors in Ersland’s case were concerned in part because Ersland has said they want to execute him. Prosecutors have not asked for the death penalty in his case.
May 17th, 2010 05:38 PM
I hate to see an otherwise law abiding citizen get drug down this path. He'd be another unknown person doing his thing if the perps hadn't come upon him the way they did.
The BG’s opened up the floodgates when they started down the aggravated robbery road. I’d like to say I have more self control that this gentleman exercised (easy to say since I haven’t been there, and hopefully never will). Sad the kid didn’t realize the consequences of waving a gun around demanding money/drugs, etc.
Unrealistic to think that this will go unpunished in our society, but in my world with my rules, he goes back to work and on with his life.
He’d probably make a good guest speaker at the local high schools so he can share with them the outcome of robbing the local pharmacy.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein
"People in Arizona carry guns," said a Chandler police spokesman. "You better be careful about who you are picking on."
May 17th, 2010 08:32 PM
The kid that Ersland wounded and later returned to kill was unarmed. The guy Ersland chased from the store was armed.
Ersland got on TV like a resident hero and told a whole bunch of lies about his military service, PTSD and other stuff.
May 17th, 2010 08:33 PM
^^^^^^^^^^What he said^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Originally Posted by hayzor
Don't tread on me or mine.
I am comfortable laying on a rock in the sun; bothering no one. If you choose to ignore the above statement, you will wish all you had to do, is deal with a snake.
May 18th, 2010 12:51 AM
If the kid had not been there participating in an armed robbery the kid would still be alive.
Originally Posted by Sig 210
If I was on the pharmacist's jury it would most likely hang. Meaning I have the tendency to give a huge benefit of doubt to the pharmacist who was at work and didn't ask for a couple of criminals to come in and try to rob him.
May 18th, 2010 12:42 PM
But he was a good kid! He was just caught up in the wrong crowd! It's not his fault! It's society's!
Originally Posted by ep1953
May 19th, 2010 02:23 AM
Wasn't exactly a good kid. I know someone who knew his father and the kid.
"You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." - Admiral Yamamoto
May 19th, 2010 07:18 AM
Originally Posted by BlueNinjaGo
Blueninja was being sarcastic,It seems like everytime a thug gets shot and or killed doing criminal stuff the relatives come out with a buncha crap about how he was gonn be applying at some prestigious college and turn his life around even tho he had no HS diploma or GED and he had a rap sheet longer than most peoples arms
Originally Posted by ccroom
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
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