GREENWOOD, Mississippi — A Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove a judge appointed to preside over his case.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/185NiqT) that Judge Breland Hilburn denied another request to recuse himself and levied sanctions on Smith's attorney, William Bell.
In Supreme Court documents, Bell asks the justices to replace Hilburn and lift the sanctions.
Dr. Ralph Arnold Smith Jr. 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 has been held without bail since his arrest in 2012.
Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com