- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Judge Joseph J. Purtill, who oversaw an array of criminal, civil, family and juvenile cases over a 35-year career on the bench, has died. He was 86.

Purtill’s family says he died Tuesday at a rehabilitation center in Mystic after a brief illness.

The Stonington resident was appointed a Superior Court judge in 1979 and worked in the New London, Hartford and New Haven courthouses. He handled some proceedings involving serial killer Michael Ross, who was executed in 2005.

He continued hearing cases up until recently as a judge trial referee.

The Navy and Marine Corps veteran served in the state legislature from 1959 to 1961 and was Stonington’s town clerk from 1963 to 1979.

Purtill will be buried with military honors Friday at St. Michael Cemetery in Stonington.

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