Posts Tagged ‘divorce’

Vicksburg mayor marries during lunch break

VICKSBURG — When noon rolls around, most people eat, exercise or run errands. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. used a recent lunch hour to get married. The Vicksburg Post reports that about 20 people attended the small wedding Monday at Triumph Church. Flaggs married Valencia Renee Jones, who works for the U.S. Army Corps of […] [...]

Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple’s divorce

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. The high court said Monday that […] [...]

Court refuses again to remove judge from murder-for-hire case

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 […] [...]

Doctor charged with trying to kill attorney back in court

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is scheduled to be in court in Greenwood today for a hearing on the progress of his mental evaluation. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Dr. Arnold Smith has been undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation at the Mississippi State Hospital since June. Smith’s trial has been […] [...]

Doctor’s murder-for-hire case postponed, mental evaluation pending

GREENWOOD — A trial in the murder-for-hire case against a Greenwood oncologist has been postponed indefinitely. Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn issued the order this past week because the court is waiting on Dr. Arnold Smith’s evaluation at a state mental facility. The case was to have gone to trial yesterday in Leflore County Circuit Court. […] [...]

Judge drops capital murder charge against Delta doctor

GREENWOOD — A judge has dismissed a charge of capital murder against Greenwood Dr. Arnold Smith, who is charged in arranging an attack on a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn decided that prosecutors’ indictment of Smith does not support a capital murder charge. Hilburn ruled prosecutors can pursue the lesser […] [...]

Court rules judge to stay in murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Supreme Court denied petitions filed by Dr. Arnold Smith’s defense team to remove Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn from the criminal case set to go to trial in April. The Supreme Court issued an order this past week. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Doctor’s murder-for-hire trial date rescheduled

GREENWOOD — A federal court hearing for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder has been rescheduled for Jan. 25 for U.S. District Court in Aberdeen. Dr. Arnold Smith was scheduled to be in court yesterday to argue prosecutors had no evidence to support bringing charges against him. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder […] [...]

Lawyer says doctor accused of murder-for-hire mentally ill

GREENWOOD — The lawyer for an oncologist charged with capital murder says Dr. Arnold Smith is severely mentally ill and unable to adequately defend himself against charges in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn took under advisement a motion from the defense to send Smith to a mental health […] [...]

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