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Greenwood doctor faces civil lawsuit after murder-for-hire charges

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A judge will decide if mental examination records of a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case can be used in a civil trial.

Dr. Arnold Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended April 28, 2012, with the death of gunman Keaira Byrd and the serious wounding Derrick Lacy. Byrd allegedly was hired to kill Lee Abraham, who represented Smith's ex-wife in their divorce years ago. Smith is also charged with two counts of conspiring to murder Abraham.

Investigators were at Abraham's office when Byrd and Lacy arrived and exchanged gunfire. Abraham was not injured in the gunfire.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1E8HLfL ) Abraham is seeking the mental exam records to use in his civil lawsuit against Smith.

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