- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A retired judge has been appointed to determine how and where a Greenwood doctor will receive psychiatric treatment.

In October, Dr. Arnold Smith, a 72-year-old Greenwood oncologist and the alleged instigator of a failed plot to kill attorney Lee Abraham, was found mentally unfit for trial.

Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee of Lucedale will preside over civil commitment proceedings. The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed McGehee. Leflore County judges recused themselves, citing ties to Abraham, a prominent and politically active attorney.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/1xc6EnH) the chancery clerk’s office was unable to say if a date has yet been set for an initial hearing because the court file is under seal.

Prosecutors said Smith’s plot ended April 28, 2012, with the death of gunman Keaira Byrd and the serious wounding Derrick Lacy. Byrd allegedly was hired to kill Abraham, who represented Smith’s ex-wife in their divorce years ago.



Three investigators from the attorney general’s office were at Abraham’s office when Byrd and Lacy arrived and exchanged gunfire. Abraham was not injured in the gunfire.

Lacy is charged with capital murder and conspiracy to commit murder

Cordarious Robinson is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors Robinson allegedly helped Smith compile a list of potential hitmen and was paid $15,000 by Smith for his help.

Lacy and Robinson are awaiting trial.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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