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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 […] [...]

Mayor pushing to establish medical corridor in city

MERIDIAN — Mayor Cheri Barry says plans are being made to establish a medical corridor in the east Mississippi city. Barry tells WTOK-TV in Meridian the project is in the early stages. The city of Jackson has a similar project in the works. State law passed in 2012 will create medical zones across the state […] [...]

Doctor in murder-for-hire case questions AG’s authority

GREENWOOD — Oncologist Arnold Smith contends Attorney General Jim Hood had no authority to run a police operation that resulted in a shootout at a local law office. Smith argues in new federal court documents that police investigations are executive branch of government matters. He claims the attorney general is a member of the judicial […] [...]

Doctor gets house arrest for medical kickback scheme

BATESVILLE — A Batesville doctor has been sentenced to home confinement for his role in a medical kickback scheme. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Dr. Robert Corkern was sentenced to two years’ house confinement and three years’ post-release supervision. Corkern pleaded guilty to bribing a former Panola County administrator to use public funds as […] [...]

Doctor’s lawyers want new judge for murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — The defense team for a man facing capital murder and conspiracy charges stemming from a shootout at a Greenwood law office is seeking to have a judge removed from the case. Awaiting trial is 70-year-old Dr. Arnold Smith. His attorneys filed a motion last Friday to have Judge Breland Hilburn taken off the […] [...]

Trial date set in doctor’s murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood doctor and one other man are set to stand trial April 22 in a murder-for-hire plot that prosecutors say unsuccessfully targeted a local attorney. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the trial date was set this week in Leflore County during a preliminary hearing for Dr. Arnold Smith and Cordarious Robinson. Smith pleaded […] [...]

Doctor gets 13 months in prison for dealing narcotics

COLUMBUS — A doctor has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison on three counts of distributing narcotics. Dr. Mark Burtman of Columbus was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Burtman was charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers. He pleaded guilty to the three counts on June 28. In addition to the prison time, […] [...]

Sentencing postponed for three convicted of chemotherapy fraud

SUMMIT — A federal judge has rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a doctor and two others convicted in a multimillion-dollar fraud involving watered-down chemotherapy drugs and old needles. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, Brittany McCoskey and Monica Weeks had been scheduled for sentencing Nov. 16 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. That has been pushed back until […] [...]

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