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A jury found Craig Johnson guilty of malice murder and other crimes related to the 2008 stabbing death of Nicole Judge. All of the original verbatim trial transcript materials were later destroyed in a fire at the court reporter’s house. The State ultimately provided Johnson with a 14-page, double-spaced document purported to be a complete narrative recreation of the trial transcript. As part of its review, the Georgia Supreme Court reviewed the narrative at issue and found the recreated transcript was not sufficiently detailed to allow Johnson a fair opportunity to appeal or to allow meaningful appellate review. The Court therefore reversed the trial court’s denial of Johnson’s motion for new trial and remanded this case for further proceedings.