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Witnesses testify about gunfight during trial of man charged in slaying of accomplice

Geary L. Birdine, 34, of Oklahoma City, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Christopher B. Robinson, 25, alleged accomplice during botched robbery attempt.
by Tim Willert Published: January 16, 2013
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Two other vehicles, believed to be those of the drug dealers, were seen speeding away from the scene after the shooting, prosecutors said.

Robinson was shot dead in his car, a white Dodge Challenger parked in the driveway, before he could fire his semi-automatic handgun, Gridley said.

Boyd, who went inside the house with Robinson, fled the scene and was picked up by Birdine a short time later in front of a home in the 2500 block of SW 36 Street, the prosecutor said.

“Christopher Robinson lost his life because of a bad plan that went bad,” said Gridley, adding that the man arranged to buy the drugs and then decided to rob the dealers.

Collins also told jurors he saw a black vehicle parked in the intersection of SW 38 Street and Villa Place that appeared to be having a gunfight with the occupants of a house.

He testified seeing a man prosecutors believe to be Boyd, hobbling up Villa Place and falling over a fence before the same black car circled back, helped him into the vehicle and drove away.

“He was more stumbling than he was walking,” Collins said. “I really felt like he had been hit.”

Several witnesses, including a neighbor, testified hearing multiple gunshots and seeing a dark-colored car parked in the intersection during the incident.

But none, Collins included, were able to identify the occupant or occupants of the car.

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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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