Smith renews medical license from jail

By The Associated Press

GREENWOOD — A doctor charged in a murder-for-hire scheme has renewed his medical license even though he’s in jail.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Dr. Ralph Arnold Smith Jr.’s medical license was to expire on June 30. It is now extended through June 30, 2013, according to records from the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure.

Dr. Vann Craig, executive director of the Board of Medical Licensure, says Smith’s license is active through 2013 unless something happens to require the board to act.

Smith is being held in the Leflore County jail without bond.

The 70-year-old doctor is charged with conspiring to kill attorney Lee Abraham. Authorities say the plot led to a shootout on April 28 in Abraham’s office in Greenwood.

Abraham was not hurt.