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Former prosecutor MacGillivray dead at 77

When Douglas D. MacGillivray entered a courtroom, he was ready.

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FILE — Former Logan County Prosecutor Douglas D. MacGillivray poses in December 1977 with a plaque awarded by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney's Association recognizing him as Ohio Prosecutor of the Year. Mr. MacGillivray, who served as the county's prosecuting attorney from 1968 to 1984, died Monday. He was 77. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO)

“He was probably the most prepared attorney when he went into the court room I have ever worked with,” said former Logan County Prosecutor Gerald Heaton, who worked with Mr. MacGillivray as an assistant prosecutor and in private practice. “I learned a tremendous amount about trial preparation from him.”

Mr. MacGillivray died this morning at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. He was 77.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine.

Mr. MacGillivray was prosecutor from 1968 through 1984.

Former Bellefontaine police detective Brian Kennedy said his first professional interaction with Mr. MacGillivray didn’t go so well but it spurred the young officer to improve.

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