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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Oxford Eagle

Man arrested for murder of Oxford doctor
Additional arrests possible

By Kelly Shackleton
Staff Writer

Kenneth Lemmons, 54, of McElroy Drive has been arrested in connection with the May 11 murder of Dr. Veronica Smith, the Yoknapatawpha County Sheriff's Department announced.

Lemmons was taken into custody without incident at Billee's Auto Service on Country Road 101 and is being held in the Yoknapatawpha County jail without bond on murder charges.

YCSD Public Information Officer Elizabeth Johnson said Lemmons allegedly broke into Smith's Colonial Road residence while the family was out, laid in wait, and drugged and suffocated Smith when she returned.

Smith's husband, George O'Connor, and her 10-year-old daughter discovered the body when they arrived home a short time later.

Lemmons was suing Smith for medical malpractice at the time of her murder. According to court papers, he believed Smith's negligence had caused his wife Danielle Lemmons' death last year.

Billy Lee, Danielle Lemmons' brother and owner of Billee's Auto Service, told reporters he felt Lemmons was being railroaded. "Kenny has always been a mild-mannered, gentle man. There is no way that he could take a life." He claimed Lemmons was arrested only because "the cops were desperate to pin this murder on someone."

In response to the arrest, O'Connor said he was glad someone was in custody. "Maybe now those of us that Veronica left behind can find some comfort in knowing that her killer will not go unpunished."

Johnson said more arrests may be forthcoming.

The Oxford Eagle will continue to follow this story and will give updates as they become available.

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My money is on that Kramer fellow; I believe he was the mastermind and Lemmons was just the executioner. I believe that on the eve of the murder the doctor was meeting with Kramer, not her friends, in an attempt to put an end to the harassing...

My money is on that Kramer fellow; I believe he was the mastermind and Lemmons was just the executioner. I believe that on the eve of the murder the doctor was meeting with Kramer, not her friends, in an attempt to put an end to the harassing messages she was receiving. How she found out who the sender was I'm still at a loss, but there's a possibility Kramer exposed himself in order to set his plan in motion. Kramer, ensuring that Lemmons would win the suit if dr. Smith was eliminated and with it he could improve his financial status, instructed him to wait in the house and strike when she comes back. His judgement, maybe clouded by the Vicodin he was taking, wasn't at its' best so he didn't object to what Kramer had to say.

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  1.    Blade_Forger

It has already been established that Veronica Smith actually was at the bar from 7 until around 9pm with her friends on the eve of her murder. Not only did her friends verify this, but the bartender Will Smith as well.

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  1.    TDA

Even without their possible encounter, I still think he is the one responsible. I think that he played Lemmons into doing his bidding so he could keep his job and save the hospital.

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