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I think many of us saw this coming: News from State v. Arnold Smith in Greenwood

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that, while Dr. Arnold Smith is undergoing continued examinations concerning whether he is competent to be tried, his attorneys are preparing an insanity defense for the prosecution of Smith for hiring killers to attempt the murder of Greenwood lawyer Lee Abraham.


Surviving assassin does a shout-out on Facebook? More from alleged Greenwood hit…

Here’s a weird lede from todays Greenwood Commonwealth:

The surviving alleged assassin in the shootout at Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham’s office offered a “shout out” on Facebook after being released on house arrest Wednesday.

I’m not sure how this works.  One alleged co-felon is being held without bond on  capital murder charge, for another […]

A couple of questions. First, is this the Third Man? (more Greenwood hit man news)


Update:  Police in Greenwood are saying that this arrest is in connection with another murder for hire scheme involving Dr. Smith.  The Greenwood Commonwealth has changed the story about the arrest, saying that the police chief said it is “unrelated” to the Saturday incident, but that the arrestee was arrested with regard […]

“I am Lacy, I am Byrd,” chanted Duchess Dallas at protest over Greenwood hit man case

The Greenwood Commonwealth is continuing its fascinating coverage of the incident in Lee Abraham’s law office with two stories about the fold.  First, Paul Muller has been released on bond.  There’s a possibility he should have been released, period:  law enforcement can’t seem to come up with the arrest warrant and supporting affidavit charging […]

Dr. Smith, not admitting why he’s not going to work, to the JP: “So, you’re going to destroy my medical practice because I can’t be there?”

He followed with, “Is that right?”

That’s what the Greenwood Commonwealth reported Dr. Smith saying in a bond hearing and arraignment today.   The justice court judge replied he had nothing to do with it, and Smith kept arguing, saying that his attorney should be there, until “a deputy snatched the handcuffed physician.”

There […]

Law enforcement affidavit released with account of the Greenwood murder for hire plot

The affidavit that was the basis for the search warrant of Dr. Smith’s home and office is now available, and has some interesting details about what happened that night and of a statement by the intruder into Abraham’s office who survived the incident.

Lee Abraham got a telephone call from someone who offered to […]

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 […]

Greenwood Oncologist Allegedly Hires Hit on Greenwood Lawyer (There’s More to This Story Than Press Reports)

Update: Yes, there is more.  See below.

I’m hitting repeated references to a story breaking in Greenwood.  Here’s one bit, from WLBT in Jackson:

A 70-year-old oncologist is accused of hiring hit-men to kill the lawyer who represented his ex-wife when they divorced in the 1990s.

Greenwood police tell the Greenwood Commonwealth that Dr. Arnold […]