In May 2009, two masked teenagers, one of them armed, stormed into Reliable Discount Pharmacy in an attempt to rob the place.
The pharmacist, Jerome Ersland, opened fire, killing one of the would-be robbers and sending his armed companion fleeing. When the smoke cleared, 16-year-old Antwun "Speedy" Parker lay dead. His cohort, 14-year-old Jevontai Ingram escaped.
Stand Your Ground Law Defense
As a result of the attempted pharmacy robbery, Jerome Ersland was convicted of murder for continuing to shoot the already-incapacitated Parker. Oklahoma's "Stand Your Ground Law" allow for defending yourself in these situations, but Ersland's use of excessive force was deemed beyond the intent of the law.
Emanual Mitchell and Anthony Morrison, the two men who sent the teens in to rob the pharmacy, were convicted of felony murder.
Jevontai Ingram, an eighth-grader when the crime occurred, was convicted as a youthful offender of felony murder. Ingram spent about three years in custody before being released at the age of 18. Upon his release, Ingram told reporters that he looked forward to earning a high school diploma, playing college basketball, and becoming a probation officer in order to help people.
He said he wanted to leave the state to get a fresh start. Unfortunately, Ingram's plans to start new with a clean slate have not panned out. Instead, he has continually been in trouble since his release in 2012, and he now faces a litany of serious charges.
Shortly after his release, Ingram's mother accused him of vandalizing her car by stomping on the hood and roof and smashing the windshield and rear window. He was not charged in that incident, but by December 2013, he was accused of gun violence. In that case, Ingram was allegedly involved in a shoot-out with another man, a gang member identified as "Nutso."
In the pending case, Ingram is charged with being in possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication in violation of 21 O.S. 1283:
"It shall be unlawful for any person convicted of any felony in any court of this state or of another state or of the United States to have in his or her possession or under his or her immediate control, or in any vehicle which the person is operating, or in which the person is riding as a passenger, or at the residence where the convicted person resides, any pistol, imitation or homemade pistol, altered air or toy pistol, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun or rifle, or any other dangerous or deadly firearm."
Now, Ingram is accused of more violence. Earlier this month, two women filed protective orders against Ingram, including a pregnant woman who says the man attacked her in late June.
In that case, the woman accused Ingram of kicking in her door, holding her against the wall by her throat, and kneeing her in the stomach as she tried to call for help. The woman says that she was able to escape, but when she returned home, she discovered that her attacker had doused her clothes in bleach.
As a result of the incident, Ingram is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, domestic abuse by strangulation, domestic abuse against a pregnant woman and malicious destruction of property.