Reward upped to $32,000 in shooting of Mississippi judge

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) – The shooting of a judge outside a Mississippi courthouse remains unsolved, so now officials have increased the reward for information leading to an arrest.

Police say Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot near his abdomen as he was leaving his truck to enter the Lauderdale County Courthouse on March 16. He has been recovering after initially being hospitalized in critical condition.

News outlets report Tuesday that officials are now offering a $32,000 reward for information. Meridian’s Interim Police Chief Lewis Robbins says investigators think the shooting was an isolated event that was personally “directed toward” Smith.

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