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Longtime Virginia judge found dead; autopsy pending

PETERSBURG (AP) A longtime Virginia judge has been found dead.

The body of James F. D’Alton Jr. was found Friday night at a home in Petersburg, news outlets reported. City police did not immediately release a cause of death. A police statement said an investigation is ongoing. D’Alton’s body was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

D’Alton, 75, retired in 2014 but continued to sit as a substitute judge. An online obituary for D’Alton says a memorial service is set for Sept. 20 at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg.

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