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Jury convicts man of brutal Lee County murder

By Dawn Hobby - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  It was one of the most brutal murders in Lee County history.

Nicole Judge, a 23-year old mother of three, was slashed and stabbed more than 50 times in her home in February 2008.

The man prosecutors called her lover, 22 year old Craig Johnson, was convicted this afternoon of killing her.

The jury reached a verdict after only 70 minutes.

The week-long trial included graphic photographs of the victim with a knife still lodged in the side of her neck.

She was covered with stab and slash wounds, more than 50 of them.

She was curled up in the fetal position when police found her inside her duplex on Winding Way.

Nicole Judge's one year old child spent the night with her mother's body.

That, however, was not included as part of the evidence. Jurors weren't told about the child because Johnson had not been indicted on child cruelty charges.

Prosecutors painted a picture of a man desperate to silence his lover - desperate to prevent her from telling his wife about their affair.

Her threat to expose their relationship was the motive for the brutal killing, prosecutors say.

The judge immediately sentenced Craig Johnson to life in prison plus two years.  He is possibly eligible for parole in 30 years.

He was convicted on All counts:

  • Malice Murder
  • Felony Murder
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Financial Card Transaction Theft

 

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