Doctor Not Dropping His Challenge To Murder For Hire Investigation
A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is renewing is argument that the attorney general's office investigation that led to his arrest was unconstitutional.
William Bell of Ridgeland, the attorney for Dr. Arnold Smith, filed the new motion this week on behalf of the 71-year-old oncologist. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1d6MBNC ) that Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn ruled against two similar motions in the past.
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.