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Former judge charged in Okla. cattle theft case

Published on 08 August 2013

Another story highlighting cattle rustling, this one from Oklahoma, and the suspect is a former district judge.

Craig Key, 48, of Chandler, Oklahoma, a former district judge for Lincoln County, was charged with 26 felony counts that included embezzlement and cattle theft, in a case brought before a multi-county grand jury by the Oklahoma attorney general. A news release from the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association details some of the investigation, which involves four other defendants beside Key. The indictments were held by the state until last week, but the grand jury is set to reconvene Aug. 20-22 for more witness testimony. That may lead to more charges, according to the TSCRA Special Ranger Kent Dowell.

Key is out of jail on bond posted last Friday. According to an article in The Oklahoman last spring, Key resigned his law license after troubles surrounding the case. He was voted off the bench in 2006 by voters, after a controversy surrounding a child's death after Key made a custody ruling. end mark