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Godbolt defense team asks court to exclude evidence

Willie Cory Godbolt, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of capital murder, is in Lincoln County Circuit Court today for a motions hearing before Judge David Strong.
The hearing is set for today and Thursday.
Most of the questioning this morning revolved around video footage taken by a newspaper reporter who was at the scene of Godbolt’s arrest by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies May 28, 2017.
At one point on the cell phone video, between 6:35 a.m. and 7:05 a.m., Godbolt is heard saying, “I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot. I just want to love my wife. I just want to love my family. I just want to love my kids. Live and let live. Live and let live.”
Arguments for motion suppression will continue today and possibly Thursday.
Godbolt, of Bogue Chitto, is accused of killing eight people during a seven-hour rampage in May 2017.
Godbolt’s defense team is asking the court to exclude evidence from his capital murder trial including everything the defendant said to law enforcement officers during his arrest.

Godbolt, 37, is also charged with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and armed robbery related to the shooting deaths of deputy William Durr, 36; Barbara Mitchell, 55, her daughter, Tocarra May, 35, and Mitchell’s sister Brenda May, 53, all of Bogue Chitto; Austin Edwards, 11, and his cousin, Jordan Blackwell, 18, of Brookhaven; and Ferral Burage, 45, and Sheila Burage, 46, of Brookhaven.

The eight victims were shot to death between the night of May 27 and the morning of May 28 at three locations — Lee Drive, Coopertown Road and East Lincoln Road. Godbolt was arrested by law enforcement near Super Jack’s at East Lincoln Road and Hwy. 84 as he was walking away from the East Lincoln home, authorities said.

A DeSoto County  jury will be bussed to either Lincoln County or Pike County to hear the case in February. Strong ordered the trial be held in Lincoln County in the circuit courtroom upstairs at the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Government Complex unless he decided it should be moved to Pike County’s courthouse due to limited seating available in Brookhaven.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.