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Trial beginning for Mississippi man charged in killing of 8


Added 02-15-20 02:03:01am EST - “Opening arguments are set for Saturday in the death penalty trial of a man accused of killing eight people in Mississippi in May 2017.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Trial beginning for Mississippi man charged in killing of 8”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) - Opening arguments are set for Saturday in the death penalty trial of a man accused of killing eight people in Mississippi in May 2017.

Willie Cory Godbolt, now 37, said “I’m sorry” while a reporter was recording him after the shootings in south Mississippi’s Lincoln County. The dead included a sheriff’s deputy and Godbolt’s mother-in-law.

Godbolt has pleaded not guilty to four counts of capital murder, four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery. He has remained in custody since his arrest on May 28, 2017, hours after the shootings. One of his attorneys has said Godbolt is unlikely to use an insanity defense at trial.

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Investigators said Godbolt went to his in-laws’ home in Bogue Chitto and got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over the couple’s two children. A deputy was called, and a witness said Godbolt fatally shot the deputy, Godbolt’s mother-in-law and two other people. After that, Godbolt shot and killed four other people at two other homes, police said.

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