Jury Clears Former "Tulsa's Most Wanted"

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A Tulsa County jury acquitted Anthony Kirby of First and Second Degree murder recently. Kirby, 33, had been featured in news reports as "Tulsa's Most Wanted" as a result of the charges he stood trial for.

After a trial that spanned six days, Tulsa County Jurors needed a little over an hour to clear Anthony Eric Kirby of both First and Second Degree Murder. At the conclusion of the trial jurors, lined up to greet Mr. Kirby. Some of the female jurors even hugged him. Kirby, 33, had been featured in news accounts as “Tulsa Most Wanted” because of the murder that he was found not guilty of.

Anthony Kirby was on trial for the November 12, 2003 shooting death of Lester Orlando Lewis, A/K/A Cornbread. The shooting occurred at the Trapeze Lounge, located at 3313 S. 101st East Ave. Tulsa, OK. Numerous witnesses were present at the time of the shooting and several witnesses identified Anthony Kirby as the shooter.

Prosecutors from the Tulsa County District Attorney's office called 5 eyewitnesses to the stand. Prosecution witnesses indicated that Kirby approached Lewis and shot him without provocation.

Kirby maintained that he was the intended victim, not Lewis. According to Mr. Kirby, Lester Lewis was attempting to shoot him when he was able to twist Lewis's wrist so that the gun was held in a position where it was pointed at Lewis when it discharged.

Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyer, Kevin Adams, maintained throughout the trial that “Anthony was not the aggressor, that he was the intended victim.”

“This case was about credibility,” Defense Lawyer, Kevin Adams stated after the verdict. “The defense had it and the state did not.” Adams said. “The state had 5 eyewitnesses and 10 different stories.” according to Adams.

This victory was Kevin Adams' 7th trial victory in 2½ years. Kevin Adams is presently the President of the Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and serves as a board member of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Adams is the 2003 recipient of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association's Clarence Darrow Award, given annually to an Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer who exemplifies outstanding criminal defense in the preceding year.

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