After 23 years in private practice, Attorney David Pyle is switching sides in the courtroom. Instead of defending, he will now be prosecuting.
Pyle is the new Murray County Assistant District Attorney, replacing John Walton, who retired in November. Pyle began work on Monday, Dec. 2.
Pyle is a long-time Sulphur resident and former school teacher here. He has lived here since 1971, and his wife, Billie Sue, is a Sulphur native.
Pyle is originally from Elmore City.
He earned his law degree at Oklahoma City University. His law practice was in Ardmore.
"For 20 years, a large portion of my practice was criminal law," Pyle explained in an interview Monday. "So I knew the District Attorney there, Craig Ladd. We have opposed each other on numerous occasions."
Pyle says the adjustment to prosecuting is not as difficult as it might appear. He notes that basically all attorneys do the same thing strategically in a case.
"I bring the perspective of finding the weaknesses in a case, after 23 years practicing criminal law," he explained.
He said his courtroom experience includes "everything from capital murder cases to petty larceny."
Pyle began his career as a Sulphur High School teacher, and he also taught at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf. He also coached football and basketball here.
Then, he went into the insurance business, where he said he encountered a lot of legal issues. A friend advised him to consider law as a career.