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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 hospital for treatment. In the ...

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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 branch. Smith said he wants ...

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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 innocent at a Monday arraignment, ...

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Doctor accused of failed murder scheme sues would-be victim

GREENWOOD — A Mississippi doctor charged with plotting to kill his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer has filed a countersuit to a lawsuit filed by the attorney. Dr. Arnold Smith alleges in his countersuit that Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham secretly schemed with others to cause him “severe mental and emotional distress.” The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the countersuit doesn’t provide specific details about ...

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Doctor charged with murder-for-hire scheme gets new license while in jail

GREENWOOD — A doctor charged in a murder-for-hire scheme has renewed his medical license even though he’s in jail. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Dr. Ralph Arnold Smith Jr.’s medical license was to expire on June 30. It is now extended through June 30, 2013, according to records from the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure. Dr. Vann Craig, executive director of ...

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