MACON, Georgia (AP) – A former Georgia school administrator accused of poisoning his sick wife with a cocaine overdose has been denied bail after prosecutors told a judge that telephone conversations tapes showed him trying to collect a passport and money.
The Telegraph of Macon reports that Edward Judie Jr., charged with felony murder in the death of his wife in 2019, was denied bail Thursday by Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms .
Joyce Fox Judie was found dead in November 2019 at the couple’s suburban home in northwest Macon. Ed Judie told MPs at the time that he and his wife had been drinking and that he thought she had fallen asleep.
An autopsy revealed that Joyce Judie had “several times the lethal dose” of cocaine in her body when she died. Investigators say they determined that Ed Judie bought cocaine that night.
An arrest warrant says Judie poisoned his wife “by putting cocaine into her system”, adding that Joyce Judie was “being treated for dementia”. Ed Judie was arrested on July 1 by sheriff’s deputies.
Prosecutors spoke to Simms about the conversations shortly after Judie’s attorney Gregory Bushway argued in a video hearing that Judie was not a flight risk, describing him as a former public and Army employee. Ranger who “served his country valiantly”.
“Mr. Judie denies the allegations in this case,” Bushway said of the murder charge.
But prosecutor Sandra Matson said Judie “is completely” at risk of flight.
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