Prosecution rests on morning of Day 9 in capital murder trial

Published 11:02 am Monday, February 24, 2020

The prosecution rested its case against capital murder defendant Cory Godbolt Monday morning, on Day 9 of the trial in Pike County.

The Bogue Chitto man is accused of killing eight people including a sheriff’s deputy.

Jurors Sunday saw taped cell phone video footage of Godbolt, 37, sitting in handcuffs, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his right arm. He was arrested near the scene of the third set of fatal shootings May 28, 2017.

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“I’m completely sorry and heartbroken about that deputy,” Godbolt is seen and heard telling Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy Arturo DeLa Garza.

Godbolt is charged with 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 is accused of killing Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy William Durr, his mother-in-law Barbara Mitchell, his sister-in-law Toccara May and her aunt Brenda May at Mitchell’s home on Lee Drive, 11-year-old Austin Edwards and 18-year-old Jordan Blackwell at Blackwell’s home on Coopertown Road and married couple Ferral and Sheila Burage at their home on East Lincoln Road.

Fourteenth District Attorney Dee Bates  is seeking the death penalty.