Court refuses again to remove judge from murder-for-hire case
Published: December 17,2013
Tags: Arnold Smith, attempted murder, attorney, Breland Hillburn, crime, Derrick Lacy, divorce, doctor, judge, Keaira Byrd, law, lawyer, Lee Abraham, legal, Mississippi Supreme Court, murder-for-hire, physician, William Bell
GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Supreme Court has again denied a motion from a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case to remove the judge appointed to preside over his case.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the Supreme Court issued the order earlier this month.
The attorney for Dr. Arnold Smith, William Bell, argued in his motion that Judge Breland Hilburn improperly discussed the case with the psychologists examining Dr. Ralph Arnold Smith Jr.
Hilburn was appointed to hear the criminal and civil cases against Smith after all the Leflore County circuit court judges recused themselves.
Smith has been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital since June.
Smith’s criminal and civil cases have been indefinitely postponed. A status hearing was scheduled for Tuesday. Two doctors who have examined Smith were scheduled to be present.
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 was hired to kill attorney Lee Abraham, who represented Smith’s ex-wife in their divorce years ago. Abraham was not injured.
Smith is also charged with two counts of conspiring to murder Abraham.
He has been held without bail since his arrest in 2012.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- Molpus closes Fund after more than $662M in commitments
- MSU reminding fans that drones are prohibited at football games
- Politics of paying for transportation: Hand wringing and a lot of talk
- DeSoto County Supervisor Lee dies in ATV accident on his birthday
- Former DPS employees sentenced for selling bogus driver's licenses
- Researchers: Trapping, not hunting, best way to control wild hogs
- Realtors chooses Nita Wingard
- Entergy agrees to cut $35M from its new rate plan
- No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate