Updated: Retired Judge To Hear Cases In W.Va.'s 3rd Circuit

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A retired judge has been assigned to hear cases in Doddridge, Pleasants and Ritchie Counties until a vacancy created by the death of Circuit Judge Robert L. Holland is filled.

The West Virginia Supreme Court announced Senior Status Judge Robert B. Stone's appointment on Tuesday in a news release.

The 67-year-old Stone served as a Monongalia County Circuit Judge until he retired in 2008. He was appointed to the bench in 1985 to fill a vacancy and was later elected and re-elected.

Holland died Monday after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. A funeral is scheduled for Sunday in West Union.

The court says Gov. Joe Manchin will appoint a permanent replacement who will serve until the general election in 2012.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The State Supreme Court says Doddridge County Circuit Judge Robert L. Holland Jr. has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 57.

Holland was taken to a Clarksburg hospital Sunday after suffering the attack at his Greenwood home. He was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he died Monday morning.

Holland was the only judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, which covers Doddridge, Pleasants and Ritchie Counties.

Then-Gov. Cecil Underwood appointed Holland in 1997. He won election in 1998, and in 2000 and 2008.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy says a judge will be assigned to handle cases in the district until the Governor appoints a successor.

Holland is survived by his wife and two children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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