A jury in Oklahoma County deliberated less than two hours Friday before acquitting a man of murder in the fatal shooting of his cousin during an attempted robbery.
Geary Lynn Birdine, 34, of Oklahoma City, was charged with first-degree murder in the March 30, 2011, death of Christopher Bryan Robinson, 25, outside a residence in the 2600 block of SW 38.
Prosecutors alleged Robinson, Birdine and a third man intended to rob Mexican drug dealers of a kilogram of cocaine valued at $28,000 when Robinson was killed during a gunfight.
Birdine was accused of firing at least 11 shots from an assault rifle toward a duplex on SW 38, near the corner of Villa Place. Witnesses, however, could not identify him as the shooter.
Robinson died behind the wheel of a car parked in the driveway of the residence. Prosecutors allege co-defendant Willie Jerome Boyd fired shots from the same car then fled the scene and was picked up by Birdine a short time later in the 2500 block of SW 36.
Boyd, 35, refused to testify against Birdine. Boyd is awaiting trial.