Mississippi Doctor Arrested For Allegedly Hiring Hit Men To Kill Lawyer

Dr. Arnold Smith, 70, an oncologist, has been arrested in a bizarre alleged conspiracy to kill the lawyer, Lee Abraham, who represented his ex-wife in their divorce in the 1990s. What is amazing is how the hit men were stopped in the act by two investigators visiting the lawyer at the most opportune time.

Here is how it unfolded. Agents from the Attorney General’s office were meeting with Abraham when Keaira Byrd, 23, and Derrick Lacy, 25, burst into the law firm to allegedly kill the lawyer. The agents confronted the men and a firefight ensured that ended with Byrd dead and Lacy wounded. One of the agents was also wounded.

To make this legal scenario complete, Abraham also contacted the FBI earlier to report the receipt of a libelous letter targeting his brother, Leflore County Chancery Clerk Sam Abraham, and his sister, Mississippi Delta Community College official Magdalene Abraham.

Given his age, a sentence even on the low end for these crimes would be a life sentence for Smith. What will be interesting to see is if the prosecutors will review this as a felony murder where the hitman’s death is charged against Smith. Of course, that is hardly needed given the age of the alleged felon and the facts of the case.

Source: Clarion Ledger as first seen on ABA Journal.

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  2. Everyone has their own opinion,but in this case dealing with the lawer&doctor, there are two sides to every story,no matter how it happened. the lawyer should be arrested as well as the others. This is something that’s been going on for along time,not saying he shouldve been killed,but he’s just as guilty as others. Eventho he’s a lawyer,doesn’t mean he’s not wrong. Everything is pointing toward the doctor,but what role does the lawyer play?

  3. And for the purpose of riling more neighbors, I can add:
    At our rear, is the state leading the competition for national dumbasses.
    It seems the Evolution trial went to their heads, and they are still trying to top that. Just shows what a little ALEC help will do.

  4. pete,

    We brag in North Carolina: “We are the valley of humility between two mountains of conceit.” Your geography will answer the rest

    The final capitulation of the civil war was done not at Appomatox, but at the Bennitt Farm, between Sherman and a for now nameless southern general who commanded 89,000 troops. I mention it as they are celebrating something there accdg to N&O paper. Not the troops of course.

    Your turn of a phrase is admirable. Does your tongue ever get caught in your teeth?

  5. in alabama there’s an old saying “thank god for mississippi”.

    i guess everybody needs somebody they can point at and laugh

  6. Guess I’m just a lousy picker of lawyers so my current tactic is to avoid the necessity.

  7. As is true with any profession, there are those who are good and those who are not so good, with everything in between but, when you need one, you want a good one. There are lawyers who, as Tony C. seems to be saying, will go to the mat for their clients. I’ve seen some good ones in action…

  8. There seems to be ample proof on both sides.
    Shall we say that there are many lions in the herd, be careful which one you sleep with.
    Or if you are in the mood for more: there are many asses in the herd, be careful which one you choose to ride on.

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