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Judge orders another round of mental examinations for Greenwood doctor


ROLLING FORK, Mississippi — A judge has ordered another round of psychiatric examinations for a Greenwood doctor.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports ( ) that Chancellor Hollis McGehee on Thursday ordered Dr. Arnold Smith to be examined by at least two mental health experts. McGehee says the commitment hearing will resume Wednesday.

In October, Smith, the alleged instigator of a failed plot to kill Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham, was found mentally unfit for trial.

McGehee denied requests by Smith's attorney that Smith be released from jail pending the outcome of the proceedings.

Prosecutors say 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. Abraham was not injured.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth,

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