- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Police say a county judge in West Virginia who stepped down in 2011 after announcing that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease has killed himself.

State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said 69-year-old Putnam County Circuit Court Judge O.C. “Hobby” Spaulding shot himself outside his home Wednesday afternoon. He said police received a 911 call from his house about 5 p.m.

Spaulding stepped down in December 2011 with four years remaining on his third eight-year term. He had announced the previous August that he had been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The disease attacks cells that control the muscles.

WCHS-TV reports https://bit.ly/1GeVsdi that the disease left Spaulding unable to speak, and that he used a hand-held device to talk for him.

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