New charges filed against son in the shooting of Montgomery judge Johnny Hardwick

The defendant was hit with the additional charge following his first court appearance on Tuesday.

Johnny Hardwick, the presiding judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit that encompasses Montgomery County, will not be presiding over this case as all the other circuit judges in Montgomery County have recused themselves. Instead, retired Autauga County circuit judge Ben Fuller has been appointed to handle the case, according to records.

Hardwick, according to Fuller, has been identified as indigent, which implies that he will be assigned a lawyer to represent him. As of Wednesday, there were no court records indicating whether an attorney had been appointed yet.

According to jail records, he is currently held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility with a total bond amounting to $75,000.

Hardwick is currently hospitalized with serious injuries, and as of now, no updates have been provided regarding his condition.

Johnny Hardwick, a proud alumnus of Alabama State University, has been diligently serving as a circuit judge since 2001. Hailing from Montgomery, he not only presides over court cases but also holds the esteemed position of being the president of the Alabama Association of Circuit Court Judges.

Khalfani Hardwick had faced trial on charges of attempted murder in the past. However, he later decided to plead guilty to second-degree assault and did not receive a prison sentence for the 2014 case.

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