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Prosecutors planning trials for 2 men allegedly involved murder-for-hire scheme


GREENWOOD, Mississippi — Leflore County prosecutors are planning trials for two men allegedly involved in a Greenwood doctor's murder-for-hire scheme.

A judge ruled last week that Dr. Arnold Smith, a 72-year-old Greenwood oncologist and the alleged instigator of a failed plot to kill attorney Lee Abraham, is mentally unfit for trial. Smith's case is now before a chancery judge for civil commitment proceedings.

While Smith's case was being addressed, prosecutors had delayed trials for co-defendants Cordarious Robinson and Derrick Lacy.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Jones tells The Greenwood Commonwealth ( ) trials will likely held next year.

Prosecutors say Smith was the alleged instigator of a plot that ended April 28, 2012, with the death of gunman Keaira Byrd and the wounding Derrick Lacy. The men allegedly were hired to kill Abraham.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth,

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