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Testimony begins in new trial for convicted murderer in Reliable Pharmacy case

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma City man convicted of murder gets a second trial in the 2009 Reliable Pharmacy robbery.

You’ll remember, pharmacist Jerome Ersland ended up in jail for shooting and killing one of the robbers at the store he was working at.

Now Mitchell is getting a new trial, and he’s representing himself in the case.

Mitchell was convicted once for these  crimes, but the appeals court reversed it, granting him a new trial because he wanted to be his own lawyer.

Today, Mitchell told the jury this case is “fitting for a Hollywood movie.”

Emanuel Mitchell arrived to court Tuesday wearing a shirt and tie, carrying notes stuffed inside his law book.

Over the next several days, he will be his own attorney in the murder trial against him.

Prosecutors say Mitchell and his cousin, Anthony Morrison, conspired with two teenage boys to rob the Reliable Pharmacy in 2009.

Antwun Parker, one of robbers, was shot and killed by pharmacy owner Jerome Ersland.

Prosecutors say Mitchell drove the getaway car.

Under Oklahoma's felony murder law, prosecutors charged Mitchell with murder since Parker was killed in the commission of that robbery.

"You don't have to have intended to kill that person, but you are liable for their death under the felony murder doctrine,” legal analyst David McKenzie said.

Extra deputies were in the courtroom Tuesday; Mitchell attacked DA David Prater in the courtroom during his first trial.

We're told Mitchell is wearing special devices on his legs. If Mitchell gets violent, deputies can simply push a button signaling the devices to shock him.

The first witness to testify for the state was Javontai Ingram. He's now 20 years old, behind bars for a different crime.

Ingram testified Mitchell and his co-defendant sent him in with Parker to steal OxyContin and money from Ersland.

Ingram ran off when Ersland started shooting. Parker was shot multiple times, left dead.

Now, Mitchell once again faces life in prison and he's put much of his fate in his own hands.

“It's just a bad idea, it's got bad idea written all over it because when you represent yourself as a lay man, you're held to same standard as a lawyer,” McKenzie said.

The judge had to stop Mitchell a few times to give him directions and called some of his comments to the jury inappropriate.

Mitchell wanted Jerome Ersland to be a witness for him, but Ersland has refused to testify.

 

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