Fast Facts: The Victims

Brian Nichols is being held for the murders of four people:

Rowland Barnes

Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes could laugh at himself.

The 64-year-old would appear in skits at the Atlanta Bar Association's annual charity fund-raiser —- sometimes wearing only his underwear.

"How many judges would do that? He could laugh at himself better than anybody," defense attorney Don Samuel said.

Barnes, of College Park, Ga., was also an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, where he earned a degree in 1972.

He maintained ties with Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa., where he received an economics degree in 1962 and was a backup quarterback on the school's football team. He recently helped raise money for a memorial to a teammate who suffered a fatal injury during a game in 1961.

Named to the Superior Court bench in 1998, Barnes previously worked as a part-time Fulton County magistrate and a city court judge in Hapeville and Fairburn.

His wife, Claudia, is a judicial assistant for another judge and was working in the courthouse when her husband was killed.

Barnes is survived by two daughters and four stepchildren.

Julie Brandau

Court reporter Julie Brandau was the type of person everyone wanted to work with.

She often brought homemade cookies, brownies and other sweets to the courthouse for colleagues and jurors serving in trials that Barnes presided over.

Brandau, 46, of Snellville, Ga., had been Barnes' court reporter for about 25 years. Her baking was featured in a 2002 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

"Every day of every trial, she creates something special for our jurors," the judge said in the article. "They have dined on everything from peach bread to the best oatmeal cookies, and on every concoction in between. Sometimes she invents a recipe and sometimes she doesn't, but she has never ceased to please the crowd."

In the article, Brandau was quoted as saying: "I have the privilege of working for Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland W. Barnes as his court reporter. He is always in my corner.

"There is never a dull moment with my job. I have heard it all," she added.

Brandau was born in Moncks Corner, S.C. She is survived by an 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman at Auburn University in Alabama.

Hoyt Teasley

Hoyt Teasley was known as a protector.

People recalled that when he was young, he once took off on his bike to help find a missing neighborhood girl.

The 44-year-old father was also protective of his two children.

"I think of him with those two children," former Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett said at the hospital where Teasley was pronounced dead.

Teasley was trying to protect others when he was shot during his attempt to apprehend the gunman outside the courthouse.

David Wilhelm

David Wilhelm had been posted throughout the South during his nearly 18-year career with the federal government.

He had been stationed in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and had become assistant special agent-in-charge in Atlanta in November with the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, formerly the U.S. Customs Service.

"His death is a loss for the entire law enforcement community in Atlanta and around the country," said Russ Knocke, director of public affairs for the bureau. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers."

Wilhelm's brother is an agent with the Atlanta bureau, said a spokeswoman.

Wilhelm, 40, is survived by his wife.