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Trial beginning for Mississippi man charged in killing of 8

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Trial beginning for Mississippi man charged in killing of 8

A man is on trial for the death of eight people in Mississippi

February 15, 2020 at 6:16 am

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Opening arguments are set for Saturday at 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 Lincoln County, in southern Mississippi. The dead included Godbolt's deputy sheriff and mother-in-law.

Godbolt pleaded not guilty to four counts of capital murder, four counts of murder, one counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery. He remains in custody since his arrest on May 28, 2017, hours after the shooting. One of his lawyers said it is unlikely that Godbolt would use a defense against insanity in the trial.

Investigators said Godbolt went to his in-laws' home in Bogue Chitto and argued with his wife and family about the couple's two children. A deputy was called and a witness said that Godbolt shot and killed the deputy, Godbolt's mother-in-law and two others. After that, Godbolt shot and killed four other people in two other houses, police said.

Due to pre-trial advertising in southern Mississippi, the jury selection was made in DeSoto County, in northern Mississippi, 459 kilometers north of Lincoln County. The 12 jurors and three alternates were selected on Friday. They are hearing the case in Pike County Courthouse in Magnolia, which is close to Lincoln County.

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