Judge Shot in Domestic Dispute: Son Arrested by Montgomery County Sheriff's Office

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/25/2024
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office reports that after Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick was shot and critically injured in a domestic disturbance on Saturday afternoon, his son has been accused. Within an hour, law enforcement officials stated, having swiftly arrived on the site and taken a suspect into custody.

The 36-year-old suspect is Khalfani Hardwick, the judge's son, who was previously tried for attempted murder. In the 2014 instance, Hardwick did not get any jail time after entering a guilty plea to second-degree assault.

Assistant Chief Deputy Wesley Richerson said that charges had not yet been filed and that the investigation was still proceeding at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Hardwick's charges on the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office prisoner registry by Sunday morning were domestic violence, first-degree assault, and unlawful gun possession. $15,00 is the listing price for bonds.

The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit is presiding judge is Johnny Hardwick. He was a circuit judge from 2001 to 2005 and attended Alabama State University. Hardwick, who was born in Montgomery, is the president of the Alabama Association of Circuit Court Judges.

Many Montgomery residents have sent their thoughts and best wishes for Hardwick on social media.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed made a statement on the circumstances on Saturday night.

“Tamika and I are saddened by the news that Judge Johnny Hardwick has been shot. He has honorably served our community on the Circuit Court for decades, helping spearhead numerous reforms to make the court system more equitable and fair," Reed said. "Most recently, he worked to eliminate bond requirements for more non-violent offenses. Away from the bench he was a champion for the area’s youth, one of the founders of 100 Black Men of Greater Montgomery. We are praying for his recovery.”

Doug Singleton, the chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, also released a statement on Saturday night.

Singleton added, "Our prayers and sympathies are with Judge Johnny Hardwick during this trying time." "Every member of the Montgomery County Commission hopes he heals completely.

"We also appreciate the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office's prompt action."


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