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
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Birdine smiled as he walked out of District Judge Ray C. Elliott's courtroom, but declined to comment.

Birdine's attorney, William Campbell, said prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to win a conviction.

“The jury looked at the evidence and did what they had to do and found him not guilty,” Campbell said.

Jurors, who deliberated for about 90 minutes, would not discuss their verdict.

Prosecutors expressed disappointment, but declined further comment.

It was not the first time Birdine faced a murder charge and prevailed.

In January 2002, prosecutors dismissed first-degree murder charges against Birdine in the July 1999 robbery and slaying of two people, court records show.

The charges were dropped after a judge ruled a convicted co-defendant in the case didn't have to testify in Birdine's trial.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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Co-defendant shuns deal

A man facing two possible life sentences rejected a plea offer this week by refusing to testify against a co-defendant in a murder case.

Oklahoma County prosecutors had offered a 20-year prison sentence to Willie Jerome Boyd, 35, of Oklahoma City, in exchange for his testimony in the trial of Geary Lynn Birdine.

Birdine, 34, of Oklahoma City, was acquitted by a jury Friday of first-degree murder in the March 30, 2011, shooting death of Christopher Bryan Robinson, 25, outside a residence in the 2600 block of SW 38. Under Oklahoma's felony murder law, a person committing a felony can be charged with first-degree murder if an accomplice dies during the crime.

Boyd also is a defendant in a drug trafficking case and faces life in prison if convicted, Assistant District Attorney Dan Gridley told the judge in the murder case Thursday.

Boyd is awaiting trial in both cases.

Gridley said he wanted Boyd to be aware of the “consequences” of refusing to take the witness stand after previously agreeing to do so.

Gridley declined to comment about the outcome of Birdine's trial.

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