$15K reward being offered for tips in shooting of judge

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) – Officials in a Mississippi county have approved a $15,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the shooting of a judge outside a courthouse.

News outlets report the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors approved the amount last week as authorities continued to investigate the March 16 shooting of Chancery Judge Charlie Smith.

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Meridian police said he was struck near his abdomen while getting out of a truck at the county courthouse.

Officials told news outlets that Smith remained hospitalized Friday, but was recovering.

A district supervisor said Crime Stoppers will handle the tips and reward.

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