Vastavam web: A Mississippi man charged with killing a deputy, his mother-in-law and seven others who were his relatives or acquaintances is due in court today. Willie Cory Godbolt has been jailed without bond since his arrest May 28, shortly after the fatal shootings that started after witnesses say Godbolt was arguing with his estranged wife. The killings May 27 and 28 occurred at three homes in and around the south Mississippi city of Brookhaven, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Jackson. A deputy responded to a disturbance call at Godbolt’s in-laws’ home, and the shootings started there.
Defense attorney Gus Sermos said Godbolt is scheduled to attend today’s hearing, where prosecutors will ask a judge to send the case to a grand jury for the possibility of indictment. Godbolt is charged with one count of capital murder, which could carry the death penalty, in the deputy’s killing. Moments after he was arrested May 28, a handcuffed Godbolt told a reporter from The Clarion-Ledger, on video, that someone in the first house called law enforcement while he was talking to his wife and in-laws about his wish to take his children home. “My pain wasn’t designed for him. He was just there,” Godbolt said of the deputy.