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Retired judge to preside over Greenwood doctor civil commitment proceeding


JACKSON, Mississippi — A retired judge has been appointed to determine how and where a Greenwood doctor will receive psychiatric treatment.

In October, Dr. Arnold Smith, a 72-year-old Greenwood oncologist and the alleged instigator of a failed plot to kill attorney Lee Abraham, was found mentally unfit for trial.

Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee of Lucedale will preside over civil commitment proceedings. The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed McGehee.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports ( ) the chancery clerk's office was unable to say if a date has yet been set for an initial hearing because the court file is under seal.

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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