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Murder Charges Could Come for Meth Makers
The Oklahoma Senate is debating a bill that would charge people who cause fatal fires from making methamphetamine with murder.
Senator Anthony Sykes' bill has won approval in the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be debated in the full Senate for further consideration.
Senate Bill 942 would ensure those responsible for deaths related to methamphetamine explosions or fires to be charged with first degree murder.
âCriminal law is very specificâwhat constitutes a certain crime has to be clearly spelled out in the statutes,â said Sykes, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, in a press release. âWe know making meth is dangerous, and it can cause deadly fires. I was approached by a prosecutor about changing our statutes to specifically address this kind of fatal fire and hold meth manufacturers fully accountable.â
Sykes said this scenario was a good example of why it is important for the legislature to be able to revisit criminal statutes.
âSimply put, things change. People find new ways to use technology or chemistry to commit crimes that can cause serious harm to others. When our felony murder laws were written, no one had ever anticipated the creation of a drug like meth and the serious threat it poses to individuals and to society,â Sykes said. âUpdating our laws gives prosecutors the tools they need to ensure dangerous criminals are held fully accountable."
Click here to read the bill in its entirety.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:47 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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