GREENWOOD, Miss. – A detective is testifying that a Mississippi oncologist accused of orchestrating a plot to kill his ex-wife's lawyer wanted a picture of the slain attorney.
Greenwood police detective Jeff Byars testified Wednesday during a preliminary hearing that the doctor was recorded on a hidden camera saying he wanted a picture of the divorce attorney with a "bullet between his eyes."
The lawyer was never hurt. State agents were tipped off to the possible $20,000 murder-for-hire plot and were waiting at the attorney's office when the hit man showed up.
A shootout occurred. The alleged assassin was killed and his associate was severely wounded.
Dr. Ralph Arnold Smith Jr. is charged with conspiring to kill attorney Lee Abraham. He is being held without bail.