Longtime El Centro lawyer and former local judge William Macklin died at his home Wednesday night.
The exact cause of death for Macklin, 52, will be determined after an autopsy Saturday. He is thought to have died of natural causes.
Macklin began his career in law after serving in law enforcement with the county Sheriff's Office as a deputy and narcotics investigator in the early 1970s.
After attending law school and passing the bar exam, Macklin started a private civil law practice, specializing in labor law.
Macklin was appointed to a judgeship on the county Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1995 to fill a seat vacated by Judge Matias Contreras, who had moved to the Superior Court.