Suspect in Pulaski Co. attorney's murder back in court

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The man charged with killing a high profile southern Kentucky defense attorney went back in front of a judge on Thursday.

Clinton Inabnitt is charged with murder in the June shooting death of Mark Stanziano.

During a hearing in Pulaski Circuit Court, Inabnitt pleaded not guilty. The judge also set a trial date for early next year.

Police say Inabnitt gunned down Stanziano outside of the attorney's law office on June 27. Inabnitt lived across the street. Investigators say the attorney was hit by several bullets.

Police have previously testified that Inabnitt told them that other people told him to shoot Stanziano, but he would not say who. Detectives also said Inabnitt told them he deciphered a message in a newspaper telling him to shoot Stanziano.

During the hearing on Thursday, there was also some discussion about ordering a mental health evaluation for Inabnitt.

Stanziano's widow, daughters and other relatives were in the courtroom for the hearing.

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