Criminal Justice

Criminal defense attorney shot and killed; suspect lived nearby and had made threats

Mark Stanziano, a Kentucky criminal-defense lawyer, was shot and killed outside his office Friday.

The suspect, Clinton D. Inabnit, lived across the street from Stanziano’s office, according to the Commonwealth Journal. Inabnit reportedly had previously threatened Stanziano, 57.

Inabnit reportedly approached Stanziano Thursday evening, for help with “problems he was having.” Somerset Police Department Capt. Shannon Smith told Commonwealth Journal that Inabnit threatened Stanziano during the exchange.

According to, several people, including a Pulaski County detective, saw Inabnit shoot Stanziano as he walked down the sidewalk to his office Friday morning. Police said Inabnit’s actions appeared to be thought out, according. Inabnit was arrested at the scene.

Stanziano’s clients included a defendant charged with shooting and killing the Pulaski County sheriff in 2002.

“Mark did a lot of very high-profile, high-publicity criminal defense cases,” Jeff Hoover, a Jamestown, Kentucky, defense attorney and state house minority floor leader, told the Associated Press. “Anytime you do criminal defense cases, sometimes you are concerned about things like that.”

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