Judge delays records access

Oklahoman Published: November 16, 2005
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The father of the 2 year-old Meeker girl authorities claim was killed by her stepfather isn't getting access to state records documenting the child's past abuse at least not yet.

Associate District Judge David Cawthon said Tuesday he believes Kelsey Smith-Briggs' father, Lance Briggs, is entitled to the records.

However, Cawthon said he needs more time to consider a request from the state Department of Human Services to eliminate the names of individuals who reported Kelsey's abuse and to place a protective order on the records to prevent their public release.

Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, 25, faces a first-degree murder charge in her death and is being held in the Lincoln County jail.

His bail is set at $1 million.

Cawthon also appointed Lance Briggs administrator of his daughter's estate on Tuesday.


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