Athens murder suspect dies from cancer

By Joe Johnson

The suspect in the murder of an Athens man last month died this week after a deputy found him unreposive in his cell at the county jail, according to the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy was making regularly scheduled checks of jail cells at about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he found 62-year-old Floyd Junior Johnson of Noketchee Drive was not responding, the sheriff's office said,

Jail medical staff tried to revive the prisoner until National EMS transported him to Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Centt,

where he later died.

Johnson had suffered from chronic leukemia for some time, according to Athens-Clarke County Coroner Sonny Wilson, who said the cause of his death was acute leukemia.

Johnson had been at the jail since Oct. 4, a day after he allegedly shot and killed 52-year-old Fowler Drive resident Gordon Dexter Jones while the victim was sitting in his car on Fairview Street.



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