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More about the Greenwood murder for hire case

Some details– not necessarily consistent– are being reported about the incident in Greenwood now, although it’s hard to tell what to credit. The Clarion Ledger runs a Greenwood Commonwealth story with more details:

Authorities say a 70-year-old oncologist is accused of hiring two men to kill the lawyer who represented his ex-wife when they divorced in the 1990s.  …

On Saturday night, two Greenwood men – Keaira Byrd, 23, and Derrick Lacy, 25 – entered Abraham’s law office as part of what police have said was a murder-for-hire plot against the attorney.

Greenwood Police Chief Henry Purnell said Abraham and agents from the attorney general’s office were meeting about the alleged scheme when the two men entered, and a gunfight ensued. Byrd was killed, and Lacy was flown to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he was in critical condition Sunday afternoon, a hospital spokesperson said.

One of the agents, whose name has not been released, was wounded, but the injuries were not life-threatening. …

Last week, Abraham had said he contacted the FBI about an anonymous letter he said libeled his brother, Leflore County Chancery Clerk Sam Abraham, and his sister, Mississippi Delta Community College official Magdalene Abraham.

The letter, which purported to be from transcripts of secretly taped conversations, claimed that Sam Abraham and Magdalene Abraham, along with Sunflower County Chancery Clerk Paula Sykes, schemed to oust MDCC President Larry Bailey, who resigned earlier this month.

Lee Abraham is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the document’s publisher.  …

The FBI said through a spokesman that it is not involved in the case.

Channel 5 in Memphis has a report, some of which seems to be neighbors just talking about what they’ve heard.  Their report states that a federal agent was the one wounded in the case, which seems doubtful to me given that last sentence in the Commonwealth story.

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