The Richmond Register

Crime

June 27, 2014

UPDATED: Somerset attorney shot dead

Gunned down outside his office

SOMERSET — Standing in the middle of the street, a Somerset man shot and killed a prominent local defense attorney Friday morning, according to police.

Mark Stanziano, 57, died from multiple gunshot wounds, allegedly fired by Clinton D. Inabnitt, 40, of Somerset.

Inabnitt has been charged with one count of murder.

Stanziano was well-known in the local legal profession, particularly for his defense of the shooter Danny Shelley in the Sheriff Sam Catron murder case. At the time of his death, Stanziano was working on the defense for Kenneth Keith, the Burnside preacher accused of shooting and killing the owners of a Danville pawn shop, Michael and Angela Hockensmith.

According to Capt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department, officers were called by 911 dispatchers to the downtown courthouse around 8 a.m. due to a shots fired complaint. The initial reports stated a sheriff’s deputy was involved, or at least nearby and may have had someone in custody.

Det. John Hutchinson of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department witnessed the incident and immediately detained the suspect following the shooting.

“He was not close enough to intervene but was able to get close enough to take Mr. Inabnitt into custody before anything further took place,” said Smith. “... (The suspect) complied with the detective’s commands, and the arrest took place without any further incident.”

The citation states that the time of violation was 7:59 a.m., and the time of arrest was 8:01 a.m.

Investigators recovered a 9mm semi-automatic Taurus pistol from the scene, said Smith. He said the origins of the gun and how the suspect obtained it are still being probed.

Stanziano suffered “multiple” gunshot wounds according to Smith — seven rounds total were fired, but investigators still weren’t certain as of a Friday press conference how many of those directly hit the victim.

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