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  • Trial set in slaying of girl, 2

    Published: Thu, Nov 30, 2006

    CHANDLER Trial set in slaying of girl, 2 Michael Lee Porter's murder trial is set to begin Feb. 12 in Chandler. Porter, 26, is accused of sexually abusing and killing his stepdaughter, Kelsey Smith-Briggs, last year at their home east of Meeker. Kelsey was 2. Lincoln County District Judge Paul...

  • Trial set in Kelsey's death

    By Nolan Clay | Published: Wed, Nov 29, 2006

    CHANDLER — Michael Lee Porter's murder trial is set to begin Feb. 12. Porter, 26, is accused of sexually abusing and murdering his stepdaughter, Kelsey Smith-Briggs, last year at their home east of Meeker. Kelsey was 2. District Judge Paul Vassar today set the time for the trial. The...

  • Counselor to testify on child’s abuse

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Published: Tue, Nov 14, 2006

    Testimony to relate comments made by defendant’s daughter. CHANDLER — A school counselor will testify that murder defendant Michael Lee Porter’s daughter said he spanked Kelsey Smith-Briggs “real hard” and once hit Kelsey’s head on a brick wall, prosecutors have disclosed....

  • 2-year-old's death becomes part of judicial campaign

    By Ann Weaver | Published: Fri, Nov 3, 2006

    Sheila Kirk Craig Key CHANDLER - On a rural highway approaching Meeker is a billboard of cherub-faced Kelsey Smith-Briggs, the 2-year-old who has become the state's poster child for child-abuse prevention. Beneath the billboard is a campaign sign for attorney Sheila Kirk. While it's a passive...

  • Judge wants trial for girl's mom

    Published: Thu, Oct 5, 2006

    CHANDLER -- A judge said Wednesday he intends to have a trial for Kelsey Smith-Briggs' mother after the trial for the child's stepfather. Kelsey, 2, died Oct. 11 at her home east of Meeker. Her mother, Raye Dawn Smith, 26, is charged with enabling child abuse and child neglect. She...

  • Kelsey's mother waives hearing

    By Nolan Clay | Published: Fri, Sep 22, 2006

    CHANDLER -- The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs waived her preliminary hearing Friday and is set to be back in court next on Oct. 4. Raye Dawn Smith, 26, is charged with enabling child abuse and child neglect. Kelsey, 2, died Oct. 11 at her home east of Meeker. The waiver...

  • Kelsey's mom expected to waive hearing

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Published: Fri, Sep 22, 2006

    CHANDLER - The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs will waive her preliminary hearing today, her attorney said. Raye Dawn Smith, 26, is charged with enabling child abuse and child neglect. By waiving her preliminary hearing, Smith is basically conceding prosecutors have enough evidence for a trial....

  • Kelsey's mom to waive preliminary hearing

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Published: Thu, Sep 21, 2006

    CHANDLER - The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs will waive her preliminary hearing Friday, her attorney said. Raye Dawn Smith, 26, is charged with enabling child abuse and child neglect. By waiving her preliminary hearing, Smith is basically conceding prosecutors have enough evidence for...

  • Kelsey hearing delay refused

    Published: Sat, Sep 16, 2006

    CHANDLER -- A judge Friday refused to postpone the preliminary hearing for the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs. The hearing for Raye Dawn Smith, 26, of Meeker is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Lincoln County District Court. Smith is charged with enabling child abuse and child neglect. Special...

  • Court date set in girl's death

    By Ann Weaver | Published: Thu, Sep 7, 2006

    CHANDLER - Kelsey Smith-Briggs' stepfather will stand trial on murder and child abuse charges some time after the first of the year. Michael Lee Porter, 26, of Meeker on Wednesday pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Lincoln County District Court. He is accused of killing the 2-year-old...

  • Attorney wants gag order lifted

    By Ann Weaver | Published: Sat, Aug 26, 2006

    CHANDLER - The attorney for the stepfather of Kelsey Smith-Briggs asked a judge Friday to lift a gag order that has prohibited officials and attorneys from talking publicly about the murder case. Shawnee attorney Paul Sutton requested the gag order when Michael Lee Porter, 26, of Meeker was...

  • Stepdad ordered to trial

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Published: Thu, Aug 24, 2006

    CHANDLER - The stepfather of Kelsey Smith-Briggs was ordered Wednesday to face trial on accusations he sexually abused and murdered the 2-year-old girl. A judge ordered a trial for Michael Lee Porter, 26, even though a defense attorney argued the circumstantial evidence actually points more...

  • Porter faces trial in toddler's death

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Published: Wed, Aug 23, 2006

    CHANDLER -- The stepfather of Kelsey Smith-Briggs was ordered today to face trial. Special Judge Dawson Engle ruled the evidence of first-degree murder and sexual abuse against Michael Lee Porter was sufficient for trial. The judge allowed Porter, 26, of Meeker to remain free on the same bail...

  • Hearing postponed in Kelsey death case

    Updated: Thu, Jul 27, 2006

    CHANDLER -- The preliminary hearing for the man accused of killing Kelsey Smith-Briggs is being rescheduled for late August, Special Judge Dawson Engle said. The hearing for Michael Porter, 26, of Meeker had been set for Friday in Lincoln County District Court. Porter is charged with child...

  • Kelsey's stepfather charged with sexual abuse

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Updated: Sat, Jul 22, 2006

    CHANDLER-The stepfather of Kelsey Smith-Briggs was accused Friday in an amended charge of sexually abusing the 2-year-old girl as well as murdering her. Amended charges Michael Lee Porter, 26, of Meeker, denies wrongdoing. He has been charged with first-degree murder since...

  • Sexual abuse charge added for stepfather

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Updated: Sat, Jul 22, 2006

    CHANDLER - The stepfather of Kelsey Smith-Briggs was accused Friday in an amended charge of sexually abusing the 2-year-old girl as well as murdering her. Michael Lee Porter, 26, of Meeker denies wrongdoing. He has been charged with first-degree murder since October. The new accusation of...

  • Kelsey’s father charged in assault

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Sat, Jul 8, 2006

    SHAWNEE — The father of Kelsey Smith-Briggs has been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, stemming from a May 28 confrontation with a former girlfriend. Lance Briggs, 29, of Meeker is accused of assaulting Marie Larson, 24, of Shawnee, and Larson’s friend, Jackie Wood, of...

  • State seeks case's move to federal court

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Tue, Jun 27, 2006

    The attorney for the state Department of Human Services has requested the civil lawsuit filed by the father of Kelsey Smith-Briggs be moved to federal court. Joseph Strealy, attorney for DHS, filed the request Friday in federal court in Oklahoma City. In his request, Strealy states the federal...

  • Girl's dad says doctors did not report abuse

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Thu, Jun 8, 2006

    Father files second lawsuit in 2-year-old's death. SHAWNEE - The father of Kelsey Smith-Briggs has filed a malpractice lawsuit claiming two physicians contributed to his daughter's death by failing to recognize and report she was being abused. Attorneys for Lance Briggs filed a lawsuit...

  • Supporters hold picnic for Kelsey judge

    By Mary Joseph | Updated: Mon, Jun 5, 2006

    Despite controversy over how he handled the Kelsey Briggs case, Associate District Judge Craig Key is running for re-election in Lincoln County. Sunday, supporters held an appreciation picnic for him. Mary Joseph also found opposition.

  • Kelsey case judge seeks re-election

    By Mary Joseph | Updated: Sun, Jun 4, 2006

    Judge's supporters hold picnic.

  • Governor signs 'Kelsey's Law' child abuse and neglect measure

    Updated: Fri, May 26, 2006

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation designed to protect children from abuse and neglect that bears the name of a slain 2-year-old Meeker girl was signed into law Friday by Gov. Brad Henry. The bill, known as the Kelsey Smith-Briggs Child Protection Reform Act, would strengthen training of...

  • Ex-legal aide calls custody ruling quick

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Wed, May 24, 2006

    CHANDLER -- The judge in the Kelsey Smith-Briggs case made up his mind to give the 2-year-old girl back to her mother before a child welfare hearing in June, a former legal assistant claims. Allison Van Brunt, 25, of Meeker made the accusation about Lincoln County Associate District Judge...

  • Kelsey's Law child abuse bill wins final approval

    Updated: Tue, May 23, 2006

    A bill that seeks to improve child abuse protections won final legislative approval in the Senate on Tuesday. The Kelsey Smith-Briggs Child Protection Act was named in memory of a 2-year-old victim of child abuse from Meeker. It passed the Senate without opposition and now goes to Gov. Brad...

  • Lawsuit blames state in child's death

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sat, May 20, 2006

    The father of Kelsey Smith-Briggs has filed a state lawsuit blaming the Department of Human Services for his daughter's death. Attorneys for Lance Briggs filed the lawsuit Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court. They allege there was a system-wide failure to investigate who was abusing...



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THE PEOPLE


Raye Dawn Porter: Kelsey's mom.


Michael Lee Porter: Kelsey's stepfather - charged with first-degree muder.


Lance Briggs: Kelsey's father - coming home from overseas military service at the time of her death.


Kathie Briggs: Kelsey's grandma - calling for reforms.


Craig Key: Kelsey's judge - gave Kelsey back to her mother.

TIMELINE

The final months of Kelsey Smith-Briggs' life
Jan. 9, 2005:
Kelsey suffers a broken collarbone and bruises while in the care of her mom, Raye Dawn Smith.

Jan. 24:
Kelsey is moved to her paternal grandmother, Kathie Briggs.

April:
Kelsey is still in Briggs' care but visits her mom regularly. She breaks both shins.

April 18:
Raye Dawn Smith marries Michael Lee Porter.

May 3:
Kelsey is placed in state Department of Human Services custody because of the broken legs. She is moved to her maternal grandmother, Gayla Smith.

June 15:
Lincoln County - Associate District Judge Craig Key rules that who abused Kelsey is unknown. The judge returns Kelsey to her mother.

Aug. 19:
Kelsey is hurt in a car accident.

Oct. 11:
Kelsey dies, allegedly after her stepfather, Michael Porter, strikes her in the stomach at their home near Meeker.

Since Oct. 11
Separate memorial services were held the same day, with sheriff’s deputies at one to keep the peace. Her new stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is free on $250,000 bail. The judge and attorneys are set to meet Jan. 27. Her mother, Raye Dawn Porter, remains under investigation. She hired an attorney.
Mike and Raye Dawn Porter are divorcing.

Kelsey’s father, Lance Briggs, filed notice with the state, seeking $15 million for her death and an overhaul of the Department of Human Services.

Lance Briggs and his wife, Ashley, are divorcing.

Rallies are held outside the Lincoln County Courthouse and at the Capitol. Some call for the judge in Kelsey’s case to resign.

State Rep. Kris Steele begins work on reform legislation to be called the Kelsey Briggs Law.

Kelsey’s outspoken grandmother, Kathie Briggs, calls for changes.

A Web site is created. Briggs writes on the home page that she realized Kelsey’s purpose in being after Kelsey “joined the other little angels in Heaven.” Briggs writes: “She was put here to make a difference - to make sure other children are protected.”

Kelsey's Purpose Web site