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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. Inabnitt, lived across the street from Stanziano’s office, according to the Commonwealth Journal. Inabnitt reportedly had previously threatened Stanziano, 57.

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

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