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.