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Meanwhile, from the Greenwood murder-for-hire case: High school memories of Dr. Arnold Smith

Dr. Arnold Smith, still in jail in Leflore County on charges of hiring a hit on Lee Abraham, grew up in Knoxville, where he “was one of the smartest kids in West High School’s Class of 1960.”  Betty Bean, a columnist for the Shopper News in Knoxville, checked in with some high school class-mates […]

Dr. Arnold Smith, Historic Preservationist (more from the Greenwood murder-for-hire case)

Dr. Arnold Smith, already known for dabbling in Delta politics, a personal approach to oncology, exceedingly peculiar insurance claims, collecting used bricks, and for being charged in an outlandish scheme to hire a hit on Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham, has written a letter to the editor of the Greenwood Commonwealth.  In what the paper […]

“You’ve got a cellphone. Take a picture with a hole between his eyes.” Sounds like probable cause to me.

It seems that Dr. Smith made a secret video (12 minutes long!) of his meeting with a potential hit man.

The Greenwood Commonwealth story about the preliminary hearing starts off:

Dr. Arnold Smith wanted proof that Lee Abraham was dead from the man whom he allegedly hired to try to kill the Greenwood attorney.

“You’ve […]

Some details about Dr. Smith’s alleged prior effort to hire a hit man emerge

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports

An arrest affidavit states [Dr. Albert] Smith and Cordarious Robinson conspired from about Nov. 1, 2011, to April 27, 2012, to commit murder by agreeing “to search for, solicit and hire person or persons to kill Lee Abraham.”

The record — filed in Leflore County Circuit Court this week —  provides […]

The Greenwood Commonwealth asks about Dr. Arnold Smith: “Medical Genius or Deranged Killer?”

There’s a long account of Dr. Smith’s adventures in Greenwood leading up to the arrest last weekend in this morning’s Greenwood Commonwealth titled, “Medical Genius or Deranged Killer?”

It starts by describing his medical career, noting that, in 2009, the Mississippi legislature passed a resolution that honored Smith’s “charitable and compassionate medical service to his […]