UPDATE: Police: Defense Attorney Fatally Shot in Kentucky

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SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) UPDATE 1:20 PM

Officials say a defense attorney well known in his small, southern Kentucky town has been shot and killed outside of his law office by a man who wanted his help but was turned down.

Somerset police say 57-year-old Mark Stanziano was shot at least four times about 8 a.m. Friday by a man who lives across the street. Police say 40-year-old Clinton D. Inabnitt was waiting for Stanziano and that witnesses described him wordlessly shooting the attorney. Inabnitt is charged with murder.

A police citation says Inabnitt told officers that he shot Stanziano because the attorney declined to help him with a problem Thursday night and laughed at him.

Somerset Police Department spokesman Shannon Smith declined to describe the problem but said Stanziano would not have been able to help.


Officials say a defense attorney well known in his small, southern Kentucky town has been shot and killed outside of his law office.

Somerset police say 57-year-old Mark Stanziano was shot multiple times about 8 a.m. Friday morning outside his downtown office.

Police have arrested 40-year-old Clinton Inabnitt of Somerset. They say witnesses have told them the man had been in contact with Stanziano on Thursday evening and had previously threatened the attorney.

Somerset is a town of 11,000 in Pulaski County in southern Kentucky.

In 2002, a former Pulaski County sheriff was killed in a plot at a political rally. Stanziano represented the man charged with the murder.

A biography on Stanziano's law practice website says he had 30 years' experience in criminal cases.

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