4 convicted murderers from area on death row

Published 3:00 pm Thursday, November 18, 2021

Mississippi executed David Neal Cox Wednesday by lethal injection. It was the first execution carried out by the state since 2012. Cox, 50, was convicted for the capital murder of his wife Kim, in Sherman in May 2010.

No other execution is currently scheduled, but 35 people remain on death row.

Among them is the latest addition to the list — Willie Cory Godbolt, 39. Godbolt was convicted and sentenced to death in February 2020 for three counts of capital murder. Godbolt, of Bogue Chitto, was convicted for killing a law officer and members of his family during an eight-hour rampage — Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy William Durr, Brenda May, Toccara May, Barbara Mitchell, Jordan Blackwell, Austin Edwards, Ferral Burage and Sheila Burage.

Three others on death row are from Franklin and Copiah counties.

Steven Michael Knox, 53, of Franklin County was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in September 1999. Knox was found guilty of killing Ella Mae Spears of Liberty by manual strangulation.

On. Oct. 22, 1998, Spears was expected to arrive in Fayette to babysit the children of her niece, Guy Alice Spears Green. When Spears did not arrive as scheduled, Green contacted Spears’ son Albert McKnight, who then contacted Amite County Sheriff Gene McLendon.

McLendon and McKnight went to Spears’ residence, where they found the home unlocked, her purse on a table and her car in the carport. The sheriff discovered stains which appeared to be a blood trail to the rear of the car. Spears’ body was found in the trunk, covered with a quilt.

Ricky Chase, 52, was convicted of capital murder in Copiah County and sentenced to death in February 1990. He was found guilty of the robbery and murder of Elmer Hart outside Hazlehurst.

David Dickerson, 52, was convicted of capital murder in Copiah County and sentenced to death in July 2012. Dickerson was found guilty of shooting his ex-girlfriend several times and stabbing her. He set her Wesson trailer on fire and it later exploded. The victim died after being pulled by neighbors from her home.

 

Other Mississippi death row inmates are:

  • Abdur Rahim Ambrose, 37, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in June 2015.
  • Bobby Batiste, 41, convicted of capital murder in Oktibbeha County and sentenced to death in October 2009.
  • Devin Bennett, 41, convicted of capital murder in Rankin County and sentenced to death in February 2003.
  • James Billiot, 60, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in December 1982. He has been on death row the longest, at 39 years.
  • Joseph Patrick Brown, 52, convicted of capital murder in Adams County and sentenced to death in March 1994.
  • Xavier Brown, 55, convicted of capital murder in Lamar County and sentenced to death in June 2002.
  • Anthony Carr, 56, convicted of four counts of capital murder in Quitman County and sentenced to death in September 1990.
  • Caleb Carrothers, 39, convicted of two counts of capital murder in Lafayette County and sentenced to death in May 2011. He was also received a life sentence for aggravated assault.
  • Tony Terrell Clark, 41, convicted of capital murder in Madison County and sentenced to death in September 2018.
  • Charles Ray Crawford, 55, convicted of capital murder in Tippah County and sentenced to death in April 1994.
  • Leslie Galloway, 38, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in September 2010.
  • Alberto Julio Garcia, 36, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in January 2017.
  • Blayde N. Grayson, 46, convicted of capital murder in George County and sentenced to death in August 1997.
  • Marlon Howell, 41, convicted of capital murder in Union County and sentenced to death in March 2001.
  • James Cobb Hutto, 50, convicted of capital murder in Hinds County and sentenced to death in May 2013.
  • Kelvin Jordan, 44, convicted of capital murder in Clarke County and sentenced to death in November 1996.
  • Richard G. Jordan, 75, convicted of capital murder in 1977 in Harrison County and resentenced to death in April 1998.
  • Jason Lee Keller, 42, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in October 2009.
  • Thong Le, 38, convicted of capital murder in Jackson County and sentenced to death in August 2002.
  • Thomas Loden, 57, convicted of capital murder in Itawamba County and sentenced to death in September 2001.
  • Willie Jerome Manning, 53, convicted of two counts capital murder in Oktibbeha County and sentenced to death in 2001.
  • Eric Moffett, 47, convicted of capital murder in Hinds County and sentenced to death in February 2006.
  • Terry Pitchford, 35, convicted of capital murder in Grenada County and sentenced to death in February 2006. Pitchford is the youngest member of death row.
  • Stephen E. Powers, 52, convicted of capital murder in Forrest County and sentenced to death in December 2000.
  • Timothy Ronk, 42, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in October 2010.
  • Robert Simon Jr., 56, convicted of four counts of capital murder in Quitman County and sentenced to death in September 1990.
  • Clyde Wendel Smith, 51, convicted of capital murder in Leflore County and sentenced to death in July 1993.
  • Roger Thorson, 63, convicted of capital murder in Harrison County and sentenced to death in September 1988.
  • Justin Underwood, 48, convicted of capital murder in Madison County and sentenced to death in May 1995.
  • Alan Dale Walker, 56, convicted of capital murder in Warren County and sentenced to death in August 1991.
  • Derrick Demo Walker, 41, convicted of capital murder in Lee County and sentenced to death in June 2003.
  • Lisa Jo Chamberlin, 49, convicted of two counts of capital murder in Forest County and sentenced to death in August 2006. Chamberlin, the sole woman on death row in Mississippi, is held at the Central Mississippi Corrections Facility.