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Judge tries to speed up trial for man accused of killing 8

November 13, 2018

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A judge wants to speed up a trial for a man accused of killing eight people in south Mississippi.

Local news outlets report Lincoln County Circuit Judge David Strong on Tuesday set a Feb. 22 hearing to decide pretrial motions for Willie Cory Godbolt.

Godbolt is accused of killing a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy, his mother-in-law and six others at three separate houses in May 2017.

He has pleaded not guilty to capital murder, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. Godbolt is jailed without bail.

State public defender Alison Steiner tells Strong she intends to ask that the trial be moved. Prosecutors earlier filed a motion for a psychiatric examination to determine if Godbolt is competent to stand trial. Steiner could file a separate motion.

Prosecutors seek the death penalty.

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