(CASS COUNTY) – Cass County Superior Court II Judge Richard Maughmer was found dead underneath a car Monday night, according to Sheriff Ed Schroder.
Deputies were called to the 8000 block of County Road 500 East about 8:30 p.m. When officers arrived they found 65-year-old Judge Maughmer dead under a vehicle in his barn.
Sheriff Schroder says it appeared Judge Maughmer was working on the vehicle when it came down on him.
Judge Maughmer began serving as the Cass County Prosecutor in 1986 until he was elected as Superior Court II judge in 2001.
Chief Justice Loretta Rush has known Judge Maughmer for more than 30 years. She released the following statement:
“Judge Maughmer was one of the finest judges that I have ever known. He was a wonderful person, and he served his state and his country well. As Chair of the Judicial Administration Committee, he led the entire judicial branch in a time and efficiency study. He worked with professionalism and enthusiasm to help us consider how to improve the administration of justice. The judicial branch shares in the grief of Judge Maughmer’s family, including his wife Vicki and their children.”
The Office of Judicial Administration is working with Cass County judges to ensure a pro tem appointment is made so court business continues.