Law office of former Oklahoma judge is searched

Investigators spent Thursday searching the Chandler law office of attorney Craig Key, a former judge. Key is best-known for returning Kelsey Smith-Briggs to her mother against Oklahoma Department of Human Services' advice.
by Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis Modified: March 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013
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His ruling was against the advice of the Department of Human Services.

Kelsey died from a “blunt force trauma” injury to the abdomen. No one was ever convicted of her death.

Her mother, Raye Dawn Smith, 33, is serving a 27-year prison sentence. She was convicted in 2007 by a jury of enabling child abuse.

Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, in 2007 pleaded guilty to enabling child abuse after initially being charged with murder. Porter is serving a 30-year prison sentence.

The mother and the stepfather blamed each other for the death.

Key wrote a book about the case called “A Deadly Game of Tug of War: The Kelsey Smith-Briggs Story.”

Financial troubles

Key has been having financial difficulties. Last week, two banks and a credit union sued him.

In one lawsuit, a bank in Seminole County alleges Key and his wife owe more than $100,000 on a loan.

In the other lawsuit, Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union and First Bank of Chandler allege Key and his wife owe more than $200,000 on mortgages.


by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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