Fred Bright

Former Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fredric D. Bright passed away Friday at age 63. 


Thousands of people from throughout Georgia are mourning the death of former longtime Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Fredric Bright, who died earlier tonight at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. He was 62.

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our most beloved friend, Fred Bright,” said Carl Casino, a Milledgeville lawyer, who hired Bright earlier this year at his law firm. “He loved the practice of law, but above all, he loved his family and friends.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Bright was well-known throughout Georgia and tributes for him continuing being shared on social media sites such as Facebook.

One of those sharing his thoughts about the former prosecutor who retired two years ago because of a medical condition that ultimately claimed his life was Ken Vance.

Vance is executive director of the Georgia Peace Officers, Standards, and Training (P.O.S.T.) and lives in Milledgeville.

“Folks, I want to thank you for your prayers for our DA Fred Bright,” Vance posted on Facebook after hearing the news of his longtime friend’s death. “I know the Lord, his family and friends appreciated them, but the Good Lord said that it was time to come home and Fred said, ‘I’m ready.’”

Vance also told friends that he and everyone else have lost a stalwart and a giant for justice.

“Besides being a wonderful family man, he was a gentleman gunslinger, who protected the righteous and did his best to prosecute and convict those who would do good people harm,” Vance said.

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