OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. -- An Edmond man charged with second-degree murder in Oklahoma County is free on bail after he turned himself into authorities in Texas.
Last month, 6-year-old Saxton Watley was killed when Kelly Corn slammed his vehicle into Watley’s mother’s car on the Kilpatrick Turnpike.
Corn turned himself in Saturday morning in Texas, and we’ve since learned the jail where he surrendered happens to be in the same county where his dad serves as a high-ranking judge.
Investigators say Corn first hit a car in the PF Chang’s parking lot at Penn and Memorial before going the wrong direction on the Kilpatrick Turnpike April 5.
Despite what happened in Texas over the weekend, there is still an active warrant for his arrest in Oklahoma County.
Kelly Corn didn't even take a mugshot until recently because when he turned himself in, no one took his picture; Callahan County officials told us the camera used for mugshots was broken.
But jail officials in Callahan County told us Monday they fixed their camera - they realized it was simply unplugged - and took Corn back in to take his picture.
“The loss of baby Saxton has been a tremendous impact on our family, we get into a place where we’re just numb,” Watley’s cousin, Jeremiah Jones, said.
On Friday, District Attorney David Prater charged Corn with second-degree murder.
Prosecutors say Corn was high on meth when the crash happened.
The next day – on a Saturday – Corn went before a Callahan County Justice of the Peace.
Oklahoma County officials tell us they were never even notified Corn was in custody.
“The rules are that judges and lawyers are required to avoid even the appearance of impropriety,” legal expert Garvin Isaacs says, “My God, how much more improper can it be?”
The Justice of the Peace in Texas set Corn’s bond at $111,500.
But in Oklahoma County, murder defendants are denied bond until at least their first court hearing.
District Attorney Prater told us late Monday afternoon he’s getting a governor’s warrant to get Corn extradited back to Oklahoma County.
On Tuesday, Corn's family released a short statement.
"Our hearts are broken for the family of Saxton Watley. We know the pain and loss they have suffered is unimaginable. We hope and pray for healing for all involved in this tragedy," Roger and Barbara Corn's statement read.