Opening statements begin Saturday for man accused of killing 8 in Lincoln Co.

Jury selection took five days for the trial of Willie Cory Godbolt.

Opening statements begin Saturday for man accused of killing 8 in Lincoln Co.
Willie Godbolt (Source: David Kenney)

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — Opening statements are set for the death penalty case of a Mississippi man accused of killing eight people.

Jury selection took five days for the trial of Willie Cory Godbolt. The opening is Saturday.

Investigators said Godbolt went to his in-laws' home in May 2017 and argued with his estranged wife and her family over the couple's two children. A deputy was called.

A witness said Godbolt shot and killed the deputy, Godbolt's mother-in-law and two other people. Police said Godbolt then shot and killed four other people at two other homes.

Godbolt has pleaded not guilty.

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