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Comanche County ADA retires after 26 years of service

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LAWTON, Okla._After 26 years in the courtroom, Comanche County Assistant District Attorney Eddie Valdez is retiring. Monday was his last day on the job.

He was born and raised in Lawton and earned his law degree at OU. Valdez said he was proud to come back to his hometown to start his career.

"The tribe has been in my life, my whole life, so now it just gives me the opportunity to help some of my own people," said Valdez.

Looking back over his 26 years as a prosecutor, Valdez remembers the big cases he was on. One he says he'll never forget is the Mica Martinez murder trial. He was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a man and his wife at their home in rural Comanche County.

"They both had major injuries to the head and other parts of their bodies committed by the defendant. Once the jury saw that, I think that allowed them to definitely consider the death penalty,” said Valdez. "There has definitely been some cases that will stay with me the rest of my life."

Valdez says he will miss the job, mostly his interactions with people involved with his cases, as well as the courthouse staff. The one thing he won't miss is the work load.

"We are all carrying over 100 felony cases a piece. I probably have approximately 5 homicide cases going on right now. I won't miss the work load. I'm looking to slow down just a little bit," he said.

Even though he's going straight to his new career beginning Tuesday, he says it will be a lighter load. He plans to be able to go golfing every Wednesday afternoon now, and is also excited to spend time with his two kids.

"There's a lot of things over the year's we have been talking about doing and now maybe we will get the chance to do them, said Valdez. ”We are not going to go to Disney World, but we are going to go to Florida for a few days."

No one has been picked to replace Valdez at the DA's office just yet, but who ever it is Valdez has a bit of wisdom to pass down.

"Pace yourself, I mean there is enough work to go around; you're not going to conquer the world in one day. And like I said, there's a lot of cases out there. I think the main thing is can't burn yourself out," said Valdez.

Valdez says his role with the Comanche Nation will be working with the Gaming Commission

 

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