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Kelsey suspect released

By Ann Weaver Published: December 22, 2005
CHANDLER A Meeker man accused of murdering his 2-year-old stepdaughter was released from jail Wednesday after his bail was lowered.

Also, the preliminary hearing for Michael Lee Porter was delayed.

Porter, 25, is accused of striking Kelsey Smith-Briggs in the abdomen Oct. 11 at their home.

He was released from Lincoln County jail after his bail was cut to $250,000. His sister, Mary Elizabeth Porter, put up the family business, Midwest Industries in Meeker, as collateral.

He was arrested Oct. 20. His bail had been $1 million.

Special Judge Dawson Engle reduced the bail Wednesday after granting a prosecution request to delay the preliminary hearing.

According to court documents, District Attorney Richard Smothermon wanted additional time because Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents have not completed their reports and are checking additional suspects.

The preliminary hearing had been set for Jan. 6. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are now set to meet with the judge Jan. 27 to discuss the case's status.

Suspect faces restrictions
Porter was ordered to surrender his passport and report daily to a pretrial release program.

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