Witnesses testify about gunfight during trial of Oklahoma City man charged in slaying of accomplice
BY TIM WILLERT NewsOK.com
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - A war veteran testified Tuesday about hearing what sounded like a firefight in his neighborhood the night a man was killed after prosecutors said the victim and two others tried to steal a kilo of cocaine.
David Collins, a former infantryman who served in Vietnam, recalled hearing four rounds he thought were fired on the street in front of his house in the 2500 block of NW 36 Street, followed by 15 to 20 more rounds.
“That's when the real firefight started,” Collins told a jury hearing the case against Geary Lynn Birdine.
Birdine, 34, of Oklahoma City, is charged with 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 Street.
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Geary Lynn Birdine sits in a courtroom Tuesday during his trial at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND/NewsOK.com