Widow of prominent Ky. defense lawyer sues over his killing

A prominent Kentucky defense lawyer’s widow is suing psychiatrists and a hospital over their treatment of a patient who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the lawyer’s fatal shooting last year.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Bethany L. Stanziano filed suit Monday in Fayette Circuit Court against University of Kentucky Healthcare, doing business as Eastern State Hospital, and doctors Andrew T. Cooley, Charles Shelton, Muhammad Ashfaq and Judy A. Ognibene. The newspaper said no comment on the lawsuit was available from UK Healthcare.

The lawsuit said 41-year-old Clinton D. Inabnit shot and killed 57-year-old Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano on June 27, 2014, 44 days after Inabnit was released from Eastern State while “actively experiencing psychotic delusions.”

Inabnit pleaded guilty but mentally ill on a murder charge Monday and also pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment.

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