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Fri June 27, 2014
The Commonwealth

Somerset Defense Attorney Fatally Shot Outside His Law Office

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A well known southern Kentucky defense attorney has been shot and killed outside his office today.  Police says 57 year old Mark Stanziano was shot by a man who lives across the street.  40 year old Clinton Inabnitt is charged with murder.

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, a defense attorney by trade, has known and worked with Stanziano for many years and says he was stunned by the news from Somerset this morning. 

“Well I was just in shock and disbelief.  Then I was sick at my stomach thinking that such a senseless act could take place, you know, just a guy going to his law office and he gets gunned down,” said Hoover.

Hoover, who works in neighboring Russell County, says Stanziano never shied away from taking high-profile cases and called him a “very, very good” criminal defense attorney.