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Judge: Smith unfit to stand trial

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GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A judge has ruled a Greenwood doctor unfit to stand trial for his alleged role in a murder-for-hire scheme to kill a local attorney.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Judge Breland Hilburn, specially appointed to hear the case, on Wednesday ordered proceedings to have Dr. Arnold Smith committed to a mental institution.

The ruling likely ends the criminal prosecution of Smith, a 72-year-old oncologist who had been charged with capital murder and conspiracy to commit murder for his alleged role in a scheme to kill attorney Lee Abraham. Abraham had represented Smith's ex-wife in their divorce years ago.

Hilburn initially ruled Smith unfit to stand trial last December but ordered Smith returned to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield for additional psychiatric evaluation.

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