No new trial for Mississippi man convicted of killing 8

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man convicted in the 2017 killings of eight people appeared in court this week and asked for a new trial. A judge denied the request, saying he will issue a written ruling later.

Willie Cory Godbolt was convicted in February of four counts of murder and four counts of capital murder. He received a sentence of life in prison for each murder conviction and a death sentence for each capital murder conviction.

The killings happened on Memorial Day weekend 2017 in Brookhaven and Bogue Chitto. Among those killed were Godbolt’s mother-in-law and a deputy sheriff.

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