Mental exam ordered for doctor in murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Judge Breland Hilburn this past week granted a prosecution request to send Dr. Arnold Smith to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.

The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended with the death of gunman Keaira Byrd and the serious wounding Derrick Lacy. Byrd allegedly had been hired to kill attorney Lee Abraham, who represented Smith’s ex-wife in their divorce years ago. Abraham was not injured.

Smith has also been charged with two counts of conspiring to murder Abraham.

He has been held without bail since his arrest. Smith’s trial is scheduled for Feb. 4.

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