OKLAHOMA CITY —
“He was threatened. He had a gun put into his face,” state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, said during a news conference with Ersland’s new attorney, Doug Friesen, in the lobby of the appellate court. “How could that man have been convicted of murder in the first degree? I don’t know, but it needs to be fixed.”
Friesen criticized Box for relying too heavily on Ersland’s self-defense claims and not investigating other aspects of the case, including Ersland’s mental history and mental state at the time of the shooting and claims that he suffers from an inner ear disorder called Meniere’s Disease and Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism.