The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that Ocmulgee Circuit Superior Court Judge James L. Cline Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Greensboro Thursday afternoon. A statement from GBI Public Affairs Director Sherry Lang said an autopsy concluded that Cline, 62, had committed suicide by shooting himself once in the chest.
The statement said the office of Green County Sheriff L.C. “Chris” Houston requested GBI assistance after Cline was found Thursday at about 6 p.m. in his home at 1391 Indian Woods, Greensboro.
The Ocmulgee Circuit encompasses Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Wilkinson counties. Cline was appointed to the circuit’s superior court in 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller, and served in the Eatonton courthouse in Putnam County.
Cline earned his law degree at Mercer University’s Walter F. George Law School, and joined the State Bar of Georgia in 1977.