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Prosecutors said former attorney stole $475,000 from clients

Former attorney Craig S. Key was indicted four more times Thursday, bringing the total number of criminal charges to 10.
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: July 26, 2013

A former Chandler attorney is now facing a total of 10 criminal charges that accuse him of embezzling more than $475,000 from clients, stealing cattle and harboring a fugitive.

The latest charges against Craig S. Key, 48, came Thursday when the state's multicounty grand jury indicted him four more times.

One of the new indictments accuses him of embezzling $93,105 in insurance money intended for a baby girl, Layla Gourley, whose parents were killed in a 2007 traffic collision near Hinton.

Strapped into her car seat, Layla suffered only a minor cut in the accident. She was then 3 weeks old.

Before being indicted, Key was known more for being the judge who lost re-election because of the Kelsey Smith-Briggs case.

Kelsey was the 2-year-old girl who died from abuse in 2005 after Key ordered her returned to her mother.

Key, a Lincoln County associate district judge, lost re-election in 2006 after being widely criticized. Kelsey's death became — for a time — a symbol in Oklahoma of the problems with the state's child welfare system.

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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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