Another doctor sought for mental evaluation of Mississippi doctor accused in murder-for-hire plot

October 10, 2013 in Buzz Report, News, Statewide News, The Buzz, Top Stories

This April 29, 2012 photo provided by the Greenwood, Miss., Police Department shows Dr. Arnold Smith, 70, of Greenwood. (AP Photo/Greenwood Police Department)

GREENWOOD, Mississippi (AP) — Prosecutors and the defense team for a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case will talk to a forensic psychiatrist at a state mental hospital about bringing in another doctor to assist in the evaluation of Dr. Arnold Smith.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that the decision came Tuesday during a court in Greenwood on the progress of Smith’s mental evaluation.

Smith’s trial has been indefinitely postponed.

Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended with the death of gunman Keaira Byrd and the serious wounding Derrick Lacy. Byrd allegedly was hired to kill attorney Lee Abraham, who represented Smith’s ex-wife in their divorce years ago. Abraham was not injured.

Smith is also charged with two counts of conspiring to murder Abraham.