On Saturday, February 24, 2024, AL.com reported that Judge Johnny Hardwick, a long serving circuit court judge in Montgomery County, was shot at his home by his son Khalfani Hardwick. Judge Hardwick underwent surgery after the assault.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to Judge Hardwick’s home around 1 pm after receiving reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found that Judge Hardwick had been assaulted and shot by his 36-year-old son Khalfani. Deputies immediately searched for the suspect and were able to locate Khalfani abandoning his vehicle a short distance away on Trotman Road. He was subsequently apprehended on US Highway 231 without incident and taken into custody.

Khalfani Hardwick has been charged with domestic violence assault in the first degree, a class A felony, as well as certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm relating to this crime. He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Facility as authorities continue their investigation. Khalfani Hardwick has a prior criminal history, having pleaded guilty to assault in 2017 for an attempted murder charge from 2014 involving shooting a man in the head.

Judge Johnny Hardwick has served as circuit court judge in Montgomery County since 2001 and is the current president of the Alabama Association of Circuit Court Judges. A 1973 graduate of Alabama State University, Judge Hardwick has had a long career in the judiciary, helping implement reforms aimed at making the court system more equitable and fair. In addition to his legal work, he was also an advocate for Montgomery youth and one of the founders of 100 Black Men of Greater Montgomery.

Local officials expressed prayers for Judge Hardwick’s recovery, including Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed who noted the judge’s decades of service to the community.



Source: AL.com