Bond denied for Lincoln County accused shooter Corey Godbolt

Willie Corey Godbolt (Photo: MBI)

LINCOLN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) — Authorities tell WJTV that a judge denied bond for the man accused of shooting and killing eight people in Lincoln County.

Mississippi Department of Public Safety Communication Director Warren Strain said 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt appeared in Copiah County Justice Court in Gallman Tuesday.

Strain said Godbolt would be appointed an attorney. He said that the suspect is being held in Copiah County for safety reasons.

Godbolt was released from the University of Mississippi Medical Center earlier Tuesday. He is charged with capital murder and seven counts of 1st-degree murder.

Strain said evidence from three crime scenes has been submitted to the State Crime Laboratory for analysis. He said the State Medical Examiner is conducting autopsies on victims while investigators conduct interviews.

Below is the list of victims who died during the shooting spree:

  • Deputy William Durr, age 36
  • Barbara Mitchell, age 55
  • Brenda May, age 53
  • Tocarra May, age 35
  • Austin Edwards, age 11
  • Jordan Blackwell, age 18
  • Ferral Burage, age 45
  • Shelia Burage, age 46

The Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office released this statement about the shooting:

At this time, the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office has no comment on the pending investigation involving Willie Corey Godbolt. We are working closely with all law enforcement agencies involved. Once the investigation has been completed, the case will be presented to the Lincoln County Grand Jury for consideration. All persons are entitled to a fair and impartial day in court and are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to all families involved in this horrific tragedy. We are working closely with the families of all the victims that were involved. We would also like to commend all law enforcement agencies that have handled this tragic incident with the utmost professionalism. – Dee Bates, Lincoln County District Attorney


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