GBI investigating death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston


The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an ongoing investigation into the death of Griffin City Court Judge Bill Johnston.

According to GBI Director of the Office of Public Affairs Nelly Miles, Johnson, who was 53, was found deceased after having been reported missing.

“On May 1, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) was requested by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the death of Municipal Court Judge William G. Johnston, age 53,” Miles reported. “On April 30, 2018, at approximately 6:20 p.m., Judge Johnston left his residence stating that he intended to meet a client in Lamar County.  The following morning, family members contacted the Police Department because they had not heard from him. On May 1, 2018, Griffin Police Department began making inquiries as to Judge Johnston’s whereabouts and contacted the GBI to assist at approximately 5:05 p.m.  Shortly thereafter, the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Police Department and stated that Judge Johnston had been located in the vicinity of Jewel Drive and Pearl Circle in Spalding County.  He was discovered by two EMC workers in his personal vehicle.”

The GRIP will continue to follow this developing story and report additional information as it becomes available.



  1. Everett Thrall says:

    Just found out about this. I was his neighbor for many years.
    A really nice, kind guy. Totally shocked and saddened. Prayers to the family!!!!

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