The man accused of killing eight persons, including a deputy sheriff during a shooting spree in a rural Mississippi town is a hospital, and in anticipation of his first appearance, officials confirmed to Fox News Tuesday.
Willie Corey Godbolt was treated for a gunshot wound at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, about 60 miles north of where he allegedly shot eight people, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI).
MBI communications director Warren Tribe released a statement stating Godbolt either knew or was related to any of his victims.
Godbolt was accused of gunning eight people in three different locations. The shooting reportedly began after a domestic dispute between Godbolt’s estranged wife and her family around the custody of his children. Shortly after he was arrested, Godbolt spoke to a reporter from the Clarion-Ledger and appeared to confess to the alleged crimes.
Fifty-year-old Barbara Mitchell, the 53-year-old Brenda May, 35-year-old Tocarra, and Lincoln County deputy sheriff William Durr, were killed in a home on Lee Road in Bogue Chitto. According to authorities, Durr responded to a national call at about 11:30 pm on Saturday.
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An 11-year-old boy and a 17-year-old Jordan Blackwell were shot in a home on Coopertown Road in Brookhaven. Police also say the body of 45-year-old Ferral Burage and 46-year-old Shelia Burage were discovered at a house on East Lincoln Road.
Caleb Edwards was in the house on Coopertown Road and told The Associated Press how his cousin Jordan saved his life. “I thought I was going to die,” Edwards said. Caleb described how he felt the impact of his cousin Jordan shot as he protected him from the gunfire, and told WJTV he played dead so that the shooter wouldn’t notice him.
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His 11-year-old brother, Austin, was also shot and killed.
No date is set for Godbolt, the first appearance, and he is currently being held in a secret detention facility, according to MBI. Godbolt will be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first-degree murder, officials said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Willie James Inman, is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Jackson, Mississippi. Follow him on twitter: @WillieJames