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Jun 27, 2014 11:19 AM by Jenifer Abreu

Man Arrested In Shooting Death Of Somerset Attorney

Officials confirm a prominent Somerset attorney has died and a man has been arrested in the shooting.

Clinton David Inabnitt, 40, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of 57-year-old Mark Stanziano, who was shot multiple times in front of his Somerset office Friday morning.

Officers say Inabnitt fired off seven rounds, shooting Stanziano multiple times in the torso. A sheriff's deputy reportedly saw the shooting and took Inabnitt into custody immediately.

Somerset police say the shooting was calculated and that the shooter knew his victim's schedule. Apparently, Inabnitt had approached Stanziano Thursday night about needing help and the attorney couldn't help him. Police say Inabnitt had made previous threats toward Stanziano.

Officials say police responded to a shots fired call behind the Somerset courthouse just after 8 a.m. and found the victim, later identified as Stanziano, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. EMS took him to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 9:15 a.m. by Pulaski County Coroner Charles Godbey.

Police say Stanziano was walking into work when the shooting happened.

Stanziano was one of the most powerful names in legal defense for the state of Kentucky and has had his hand in several high profile cases.

His approach in the courtroom was, according to his website, persuasion through magic. Over the years, he's drawn up defenses for murder, robbery, sex offenses, drug offenses, you name it.

LEX 18 last interviewed him in December, after he tried to argue bond for the Danville pastor accused of gunning down three people inside ABC Gold Games and More.

Before that, he represented Jason Singleton in the standoff incident at a Pulaski County truck stop after the Madison County man dismembered his wife's body and dumped her remains in a field.

And in one of the biggest cases ever out of Pulaski County, Stanziano defended Danny Shelley, who killed Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron in 2002.

Stanziano's partner at his firm is his wife Bethany, whom he married in 2012.

He had more than 30 years of experience in his field.

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