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Man charged with murder in shooting of prominent lawyer in Kentucky

Man charged with murder in shooting of prominent lawyer in Kentucky
Somerset Police respond to the scene of a shooting Friday morning. Somerset police say Mark Stanziano, 57, was shot and killed outside of his law office. (Chris Harris / AP)

A 40-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a prominent defense attorney outside his office Friday morning in Somerset, Ky., police said.

Clinton Inabnitt was charged in the shooting which took place about 8 a.m. Police officials said that Inabnitt was arrested at the scene.

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Dead was Mark Stanziano, 57, who had represented a number of high-profile defendants including one charged with a triple murder.

Capt. Shannon Smith, spokesman for the Somerset Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times that the shooting seems to have resulted from a dispute that began on Thursday.

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Inabnitt sought out Stanziano, seeking help with a problem. The lawyer said that problem "was outside of his area of being able to offer assistance," Smith said.

There were threats made against Stanziano, who never asked for police help, Smith said.

Before first moving to Kentucky, Stanziano practiced law in Columbus, Ohio. After a brief stint with the Minnesota public defender system, Stanziano returned to Kentucky in 2008. In 2010, he and his wife opened offices in Somerset and Columbia.

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