GREENWOOD, Mississippi – A Mississippi doctor who was charged with conspiring to kill his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer has filed a countersuit against the attorney.
Dr. Arnold Smith alleges that Greenwood divorce attorney Lee Abraham purposefully tried to give him “severe mental and emotional distress” during the divorce proceedings.
Smith was charged with two counts of conspiring to kill Abraham and one count of capital murder in the death of Keaira Byrd, whom Smith allegedly hired to kill Abraham. Byrd was killed by police during a shootout at Abraham’s office on April 28.
Abraham sued Smith in July for civil conspiracy, claiming his life was drastically changed as a result of the murder plot. Later that same month, Smith’s wife, Mary, filed the countersuit.
The alleged murder scheme occurred on April 28, when two supposed assassins entered Abraham’s law office after one of them had called the divorce lawyer earlier, offering to sell him evidence on Smith.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office had been investigating Smith, believing he had been hiring people to kill Abraham, who represented Smith’s ex-wife in their divorce back in the 1990s.
Abraham had arranged for three attorney general’s agents to be present when the alleged informants showed, but a shootout erupted after Byrd, who was wearing a ski mask, entered the office and allegedly pointed a pistol at one of the agents.
Abraham was not injured in the shooting, but one of the agents was grazed by a bullet.
Smith was arrested the following day and is currently being held without bond at the Leflore County Jail.
The grand jury is scheduled to meet later this month regarding the trial.
In addition to Smith, two other men, Cordarious Robinson and Paul Muller, were also charged with conspiracy to commit murder.