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Breakup generates alleged threats from Oklahoma City attorney's assistant

Tiffany M. McKinnis, 34, of Oklahoma City, accused of harassing Assistant Public Defender David McKenzie after he ended relationship with woman's boss.
by Tim Willert Published: February 7, 2013

District Judge Ray C. Elliott set the bond for McKinnis at $50,000. Elliott citing her prior criminal record and recent incidents in which a prosecutor was shot in Texas and an Edmond man was charged with threatening a special judge in Oklahoma County.

McKinnis could not be reached for comment Thursday. Her attorney, Jeff Box, called the bail amount “excessive.”

“She said some stuff she shouldn't have said,” Box said. “I don't think she's a threat to (McKenzie) or anybody else.”

Hefton said McKinnis called McKenzie without her knowledge.

“If she would have told me she was going to do something like this I would have told her not to do it,” Hefton said. “She feels horribly about it, that it has escalated into this type of situation.”

Cleveland County court records show McKinnis pleaded no contest in July 2004 to a misdemeanor assault and battery charge stemming from a “spanking incident” and received a 90-day suspended sentence.

McKinnis was originally charged with child abuse but prosecutors reduced the charge.

In July 1998, she pleaded guilty in Cleveland County to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show. She also pleaded guilty to a related charge and received a deferred sentence. Prosecutors dismissed two other charges, including possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to court records. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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