Appeals judge in Georgia dies; DA says homicide unlikely

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — An appeals judge in Georgia has been found shot dead behind his Albany home, but officials do not believe it was a homicide.

News outlets report Albany police were dispatched Saturday morning and found 60-year-old Judge Stephen Goss in a wooded area behind his residence dead from a gunshot wound.

Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says the investigation is ongoing, but it doesn’t appear to be a homicide.

Goss was appointed by then-Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia in August 2018. Before that, he served as a Superior Court judge in Albany for nearly 20 years.

A statement from Chief Justice Harold D. Melton says Goss brought “dignity and compassion to the delivery of justice all across this great state.”

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This story has been corrected to fix spelling of judge’s name in last paragraph.

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