Convicted Bogue Chitto murderer makes 2nd request to speak Tuesday

Published 3:52 pm Monday, November 13, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court’s Court of Appeals recently denied the request of convicted multiple murderer Cory Godbolt to speak during oral arguments before the court on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

On Monday, Nov. 13, the Court of Appeals received a letter motion requesting reconsideration on his request.

Godbolt’s two-page handwritten letter stated, in part:

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“I respectfully ask this Court to consider this presentation of additional arguments, as I pray for a rehearing on the motion to Make Oral Arguments … Godbolt has an absolute right to defend pro se under the Sixth Amendment, Rule 7.1. Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure … Mississippi law provides that ‘the accused shall have such representation at every critical stage of the proceedings … where a substantial right may be affected.’”

In the letter, Godbolt claims that the State will be given opportunity to make arguments on all eight of the convicted’s claims, yet he has been denied the right to be heard.

“This was unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious,” he wrote.

A response from the Court is expected prior to Tuesday’s hearing.