Suit filed over Greenwood doctor's prosecution

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - Greenwood oncologist Arnold Smith has asked a federal judge to throw out a capital murder charge related to a shootout at a local law office.

It is an issue that has twice been rejected by state courts. Smith is scheduled for trial in April

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports ( ) that Smith's attorney, William Bell, filed the lawsuit in federal court this past week.

Smith was arrested April 29, the morning after a shootout at the office of Greenwood attorney Lee Abraham. Smith is accused of offering Keaira Byrd $20,000 to kill Abraham. Smith has been indicted on a charge of capital murder for the death of Byrd and charges of conspiracy to commit the murder. Abraham was not injured.

Smith has claimed he is being illegally detained.

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