Jury acquits Oklahoma City man of murder in cousin's death during robbery

Oklahoma County jurors take less than two hours to find Geary L. Birdine, 34, not guilty in the 2011 fatal shooting of Christopher B. Robinson, 25.
by Tim Willert Modified: January 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm •  Published: January 19, 2013

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.

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