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Man charged with brutal stabbing murder

Nicole Judge Nicole Judge

March 4, 2008

Lee County --  21-year-old Craig Johnson made his first appearance in a Lee County Magistrate courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson is charged with brutally stabbing Nicole Judge at her Winding Way Apartment last week.

Nicole Judge was repeatedly stabbed both inside and outside her apartment. Her body was found Friday afternoon. Investigators believe she was likely killed Thursday night.

We now know that Nicole Judge's two year old daughter apparently spent the night in the apartment with her dead mother.

On Tuesday, crime tape still surrounded the duplex at 101A Winding Way.  Last Friday aternoon, Lee County deputies discovered 23-year-old Nicole Judge's body inside.

"This was not a random act of violence either," said Lee County Sheriff Harold Breeden.

And although the violence wasn't random, authorities say it was deliberate. "They knew each other," said Breeden.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office and the GBI had to work quickly.  "I just wanted him off the streets as quickly as possible," said Breeden.

Around 6:00 Monday evening, the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office and ADDU agents served a warrant for Craig Nikolas Johnson at 1410 East Second Avenue in Albany.

 "Last night when I came home, I just saw a bunch of cars and units in front of the house and I really didn't know what was going on," said neighbor Yikauri Braswell.

Lee County authorities arrested Johnson with no problems, and eventually charged him with Judge's murder. Johnson's neighbors say he was quiet and stayed to himself.  Authorities still want to know why the young mother was killed.

 "It's still under investigation, the motive of it, what happened and all like that," said Breeden.

What happened may lead to more arrests.  Although Johnson appeared in court alone Tuesday afternoon, there's a chance he didn't act alone Thursday night.

Craig Johnson remains in the Lee County jail.


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