A longtime Atlanta-area district attorney, who in recent weeks gained national attention for leading the prosecution of police officers in the fatal shooting of DUI suspect Rayshard Brooks, was trounced in a primary runoff on Tuesday by his former employee.

Fulton County DA Paul Howard lost to Fani Willis who secured more than 73% of the vote.

There is no Republican qualified for the general election, effectively making Willis the next Fulton County District Attorney. She is poised to become the first woman to lead the district attorney's office.

Outgoing DA Howard, who had been seeking his seventh term, is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation over his alleged use of a nonprofit to funnel almost $200,000 of city of Atlanta funds into his personal bank account.

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