Suit Against Greenwood Oncologist Switches Judges

 

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham’s civil suit against Dr. Arnold Smith has been reassigned to a new judge. Smith, a former Greenwood oncologist, was indicted for conspiracy to commit murder in 2012 following a shootout at Abraham’s law office that left one man dead and another, Derrick Lacy, a co-defendant in the criminal case, severely injured. A civil case followed, filed by Abraham, requesting damages due to changes in his quality of life as a result of the alleged conspiracy. That trial was scheduled to begin in March with a request to relocate to Lowndes County due to widespread publicity in Leflore County. The change in judges was made because Circuit Court Judge Breland Hilburn, who was previously appointed, is no longer a senior status judge. Instead, both the civil suit as well as the state’s criminal suit against Smith will be heard by Barry Ford, formerly a circuit judge in Madison. Both the civil and criminal cases against Smith have lingered in the courts since 2013. The criminal case was halted when Smith was found incompetent to stand trial but is expected to be pursued in the future. Smith was committed to the State Mental Hospital at Whitfield and stayed there until last year when he was reevaluated and transferred to a private psychiatric facility.

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