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Judge Horace Johnson Jr., Alcovy Judicial Circuit

Judges across the state mourned the sudden death Wednesday of Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr. of the state’s Alcovy Judicial Circuit, hailing him as a community leader and a friend whose loss is incalculable.

Alcovy Circuit Chief Judge John Ott said Johnson died early Wednesday morning of what he was told was a heart attack. Johnson died less than a week after he and Ott tested positive for COVID-19, Ott said. Johnson, a candidate last year for the Supreme Court of Georgia, is a past president of the state Council for Superior Court Judges and was its first Black president.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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