Jury convicts Okla. pharmacist in suspect's death

By TIM TALLEY | May 26, 2011 | 5:59 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury has convicted an Oklahoma City pharmacist once hailed as a hero after shooting a robbery suspect to death during a 2009 robbery.

Jerome Ersland was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Antwun Parker after the boy and another teenager tried to rob his drug store in a crime-ridden part of south Oklahoma City. Defense lawyers said Ersland had a right to protect himself and his workers.

Prosecutors said Ersland became an "executioner" when he shot Parker five times in the abdomen after initially knocking Parker over with a shot to the head.

A coroner's report said the later shots actually killed the teenager.