Detective: Smith offered $20K for hit

By The Associated Press

GREENWOOD — A Greenwood detective’s sworn statement says a doctor allegedly offered a hit man $20,000 to kill an area attorney.

In an affidavit released by Attorney General Jim Hood, Detective Jeff Byars says Dr. Arnold Smith allegedly offered the money to kill Lee Abraham. Derrick Lacy, who was critically wounded in the Saturday night shooting, allegedly told investigators prior to being taken to the hospital that he overhead the physician offer Keaira Byrd the money during a telephone conversation.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the information comes from the document sworn Sunday by Byars prior to getting a search warrant for Smith’s home.

The document lays out in detail a version of events leading to the confrontation that left Byrd dead.