A Georgia Court of Appeals judge was found dead behind his Albany home on Saturday morning, Albany authorities have stated.
Judge Stephen Goss, 60, was found dead from a single gunshot wound when Albany police arrived at the home on Greenwood Drive just after 8 a.m on Saturday. His body was found in a wooded area.“The investigation is ongoing, but it does not appear to be a homicide,” Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards said in a statement.
The Albany Police Department is asking for respect for the Goss family as the investigation continues. A news release stated all of the departments’ resources are being dedicated to determining the circumstances surrounding his death.
Goss was appointed to the Court of Appeals in August 2018 by then Gov. Nathan Deal. Before that appointment, he had served as a Superior Court judge in Albany for nearly 20 years.
Following the news of his death, Gov. Brian Kemp offered his support to the Goss family. “A native Georgian, trusted counsel, and man of integrity, Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Goss will be sorely missed by countless people across our state and nation,” Kemp said in a tweet. “The Kemp family asks God to give comfort to his loved ones, friends, and colleagues in this difficult time.”