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.
Key resigned as an attorney after he was first indicted in April.
His attorney, Cheryl Ramsey, said Thursday night, “It's a sad, sad day. We're going to fight them. There's no question about it. We're ready to go to court.”
Key is being prosecuted by assistants to Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Kelsey died on Oct. 11, 2005, at her Meeker home. She had suffered repeated injuries in the year before her death.
Key was criticized because he returned Kelsey to her mother four months before her death, even though the mother was suspected of abusing her and the Department of Human Services advised against it. Kelsey died from “blunt force trauma” injury to the abdomen. No one was ever convicted of her death.
Her mother, Raye Dawn Smith, was convicted of enabling child abuse and is serving a 27-year prison sentence.
Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, pleaded guilty to enabling child abuse and is serving a 30-year sentence.