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SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - In the moments after police say Clinton David Inabnitt fired the multiple fatal shots that killed attorney Mark Stanziano, the 911 center was flooded with calls.

"Dispatcher: 911, can I help you?"
"Caller: Just shot this guy across from the sheriff's department. A guy in gray pants and black shirt. Shot him like 5 times."

Police say Inabnitt had approached Stanziano for help the day before. Stanzianos wife says her husband gave him many times. And callers told dispatchers that they saw the trigger man.

"Caller: A guy named Clinton just shot. I think he killed somebody. A detective arrested somebody. We need an ambulance right now please."

"Dispatcher: We got them on the way."

Mark Stanziano was well known in the legal community, and many say this case is chock full of irony.

That's because his friends say Stanziano would have represented cases just like this one.

There's the paradox involved. Mark spent his life representing people accused of crimes like this. To go out in this fashion is such an irony of life.

Inabnitt's public defender entered a not guilty plea. A preliminary hearing was set for July 16th.

Such a meaningless tragedy. To snuff out a meaningful life. Mark poured his heart and soul into his work. Mark so cared about every client he had.

Inabnitt was being held under no bond but the judge set one today for 250-thousand dollars.


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