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A former Georgia school superintendent has been released on bond two years after the death of his wife, who investigators say he poisoned with cocaine.
Edward Judie Jr., 66, was released from Bibb County Jail on Wednesday after posting a $220,000 bond, a jail spokesperson told Oxygen.com via email on Friday. They noted that he’s been released with special conditions set by a judge.
Judie has been behind bars since July when he was arrested for the 2019 death of his wife, 60-year-old Joyce Fox Judie.
Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies were called to their home in Macon in 2019 to find Joyce dead in a downstairs bedroom. Edward "told deputies that he and his wife had been drinking and that he thought she was asleep," according to a July press release from the sheriff’s office.
However, an autopsy seemed to tell a different story. It showed that she had many times the lethal dose of cocaine in her system on the night she died, according to the press release.
Investigators determined that Edward Judie had allegedly purchased cocaine that same night.
“Edward’s story continued to change every time he was presented with evidence that conflicted with his prior statements,” the sheriff’s department stated, regarding his story when he was interviewed in July.
Judie was charged with murder and initially held without bond. His bond was later set to $200,000 and included house arrest, in late August, WGXA reported. As part of his conditions following his release, he had to surrender his passport. Judie is also prohibited from having any contact with any of his deceased wife's family.
Joyce Fox Judie had dementia when she died, local outlet WMAZ reported. Prosecutors claimed that her husband placed calls from the county jail in an effort to conceal $500,000 from his wife’s life insurance payout, The Macon Telegraph reported in July.
“Joyce served 20 years in the military, then earned two master’s degrees and became a teacher,” according to an organization devoted to remembring disabled individuals murdered by their families.
Edward was the deputy superintendent of student affairs for the Bibb County School District from July 2011 to Sept. 2015.
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