MEEKER The stepfather charged with murdering young Kelsey Smith-Briggs has told friends from jail that he didn't do it and her mother should be arrested instead. "Reach out to everyone you can and let them know that I will be back, Michael Lee Porter wrote in a letter to his secretary and bookkeeper at Midwest Industries Inc., where he is company president. "Have faith that the truth will be revealed. Mike Porter, 25, is accused in a first-degree murder charge of striking his stepdaughter, Kelsey, 2, in the abdomen Oct. 11 at their home outside Meeker. His preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 6. Prosecutors have not announced whether they will charge Kelsey's pregnant mother, Raye Dawn Porter, 26. She and Mike Porter are divorcing. The two married in April. Mike Porter refused to take a lie detector test, while Raye Dawn Porter volunteered but wasn't allowed to because of her pregnancy, The Oklahoman has learned. Raye Dawn Porter could face a first-degree murder charge or a charge of failing to protect the child from abuse. She has hired an attorney, a former prosecutor, and denies ever abusing Kelsey. She told investigators her husband was jealous of Kelsey. She said he complained she didn't give enough attention to his children, Whitney, 8, and Michael, 2. The case has attracted widespread attention. Many people are pointing to it as an example of how the judicial system and state Department of Human Services fail to protect children. Kelsey died four months after a judge returned her to her mother, despite suspicions the mother had abused her. In the months leading up to her death, Kelsey suffered a broken collarbone, fractured legs and repeated bruises. She was moved from her mother to her paternal grandparents to her maternal grandmother to her mother again as investigators tried to sort out whether she'd been abused and who was responsible. Mike Porter's defense attorney, Paul Sutton, cannot comment because of a judge's gag order. But Mike Porter from the Lincoln County jail is blaming his wife. "His exact words are he wants her arrested he says it every time I talk to him for killing that baby. He knows she did it, said Wendell Kelley Jr., a longtime friend and supervisor at Midwest Industries who visits Porter in jail and took him a TV set. "He says, I don't understand why I'm in here,' I believe the guy. This is something a crazy person does. Raye Dawn Porter's attorney, Steve Huddleston, said, "What else can he say? I knew that was coming, because he has nothing else to fall back on. The attorney would not allow Raye Dawn Porter to be interviewed, but her mother, Gayla Smith, recalled a display of jealousy just a week before Kelsey died. Smith told The Oklahoman: "At one point, he ... told Raye Dawn, You don't care about anything but that thing in the back,' talking about Kelsey. "I called him ... and he said, Raye Dawn doesn't treat all the kids the same.' Oct. 11, Kelsey was going to see a movie that evening with Smith. A child social worker, Patti Bonner, visited the home from noon to 1:30 p.m. Bonner reported Kelsey appeared normal when she left and "seemed real close to Raye Dawn. Mike Porter was in a good mood, with news that his company, a magnet manufacturer, had new work worth $20,000, employees recall. Porter told an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation he left work about 2:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and found Kelsey and his wife sleeping. He said his wife left about 2:45 p.m. to pick up his daughter at school in Shawnee, and he did laundry and cleaned up the kitchen. He has told friends he is now suspicious of how quickly Raye Dawn Porter left. He said he usually picked up his daughter. "He said she acted weird, Kelley said. "She acted like she was in a hurry. He said, Wait a minute, I want to go.' She said, No, stay and watch Kelsey.' Bam, she was gone. Raye Dawn Porter told the OSBI that Kelsey was fine when she left. Her mother said Raye Dawn told her by phone that day that she was picking up Whitney at Mike's request. Mike Porter told the OSBI he heard Kelsey grunting weakly 15 to 20 minutes after his wife left. He said he thought she was having a seizure and tried to revive her. He claimed she'd had seizures before. He said he tapped her face, yelled at her, splashed cold water on her face, blew in her mouth, did a few chest compressions and called 911. A friend, Mike Tabor, said he drove up about 3:20 p.m. to pick up four tires and saw Mike Porter outside with Kelsey. He told an OSBI agent Mike Porter was crying and said, "Kelsey, wake up. Mike, I don't know what to do. Kelsey was taken by ambulance to the Prague hospital but died anyway. "Kelsey had a lot of bleeding in her intestines, an OSBI agent reported he was told by the medical examiner's chief investigator. "Kelsey had bruising on pressure points of ribs, front of chest, side and back. ... The injuries could have been caused from possible kneeing, punching or squeezing. A pathologist determined the injuries were recent. Mike Porter refused a lie detector test because he said he had "a bad situation with one of those one time, his friend, Kelley, told The Oklahoman. Prosecutors have listed 12 witnesses against him. They include his daughter. Relatives of Kelsey's father, Lance Briggs, say Kelsey told them and doctors in the past that Daddy Mike hurt her legs. Briggs was in the military at the time of Kelsey's death.
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