Longtime Oklahoma Co. judge steps down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A longtime Oklahoma County judge is retiring after presiding over 100 jury trials involving homicide cases.
District Judge Virgil C. Black's official last day was Thursday.
He hit his milestone Dec. 10 after a jury convicted Alfonzo Eddie Bullock Jr. of first-degree murder for a 2007 execution-style killing at a northeast Oklahoma City drug house.
The case was Black's 100th murder or manslaughter jury trial.
The judge has presided over 404 jury trials since his first case - a civil negligence case that began the day he was sworn in as a judge in September 1991.
A 64-year-old Vietnam veteran, Black worked as an Oklahoma City police officer, prosecutor and defense attorney before being appointed district judge by Gov. David Walters.


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