Athens murder suspect found unresponsive in jail cell, dies at hospital

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  • 2022-11-25 15:06:26Z
  • By Athens Banner-Herald

A man with "significant" health issues and facing a charge of murder died at an Athens hospital after he was found unresponsive this week inside his cell at the Athens-Clarke County Jail.

Floyd Junior Johnson, 62, of Athens on Tuesday was found unresponsive during a scheduled cell check at about 4 p.m., according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Jail and medical staff began lifesaving efforts and he was transported to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, where he died that evening, according to the report.

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Johnson was charged with the Oct. 2 slaying of Gerald Dexter Jones, 52, of Athens, who was shot to death while sitting in his car along the 100 block of Fairview Street.

Johnson has been in jail since his arrest a few days after the slaying, according to court records. He was denied bond on Nov. 10 based on the possibility that he posed a risk of flight and might commit another crime, according to the documents.

The court was made aware that Johnson had significant medical issues that included diabetes and leukemia.

However, Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott notified officials that should the sheriff's office determine they are unable to care for the defendant the court orders the sheriff to notify the court immediately.

Athens-Clarke County Sheriff John Q. Williams said Friday that a medical investigation showed that Johnson's death was due to natural causes.

This article originally appeared on Athens Banner-Herald: Athens murder suspect found unresponsive in jail cell, later dies


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