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Court denies motion for removal of trial judge

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GREENWOOD, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has again denied a motion from a Greenwood doctor charged in a murder-for-hire case to remove the judge appointed to preside over his case.

The Supreme Court issued the order earlier this month.

The attorney for Dr. Arnold Smith argued Judge Breland Hilburn improperly discussed the case with the psychologists examining Dr. Ralph Arnold Smith Jr.

Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended with the death of gunman Keaira Byrd and the serious wounding Derrick Lacy. Byrd allegedly was hired to kill attorney Lee Abraham, who represented Smith's ex-wife in their divorce years ago. Abraham was not injured.

Smith is also charged with two counts of conspiring to murder Abraham.

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