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Judge's death appears to have been natural
Richard Phillips
Long County State Court Judge Richard Phillips - photo by Photo provided.
Long County State Court Judge Richard Phillips, 71, died Thursday evening at his residence in Ludowici apparently from natural causes.
According to Ludowici Police Department Officer Andy Young, he responded to a call at around 9:30 to Phillips' home, regarding a medical emergency.
Upon arrival, he found Ludowici/Long County Fire Department firefighter Richard Truman performing CPR on Phillips. Young said Tamara Outman, one of Phillips' legal clients, was also there.
Young said Outman was talking to Phillips and he just "fell over," apparently from a heart attack. The officer said Outman called 911 and began performing CPR, until Truman arrived.
Young said an EMS unit also responded to the call and tried to revive Phillips. According to the officer, Phillips was taken to Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville where he was pronounced dead.
Young said Outman and Phillips were discussing a legal matter.
LPD Chief Richard Robertson said Phillips' body was taken to Savannah for an autopsy, but the death appears to be from natural causes.
More information will be in this Sunday's Courier.


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