The Latest: Sheriff: Shooting suspect had previous arrests

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. – The Last of a series of shootings in Mississippi, which eight people died (all times are local):

11:20 pm

Officials say the man accused of fatally shooting eight people in Mississippi, was arrested earlier.

Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said Tuesday that his department had arrested William Corey Godbolt in disrupting the peace, violence, and domestic violence cases. Rushing says Godbolt’s last arrest was more than a year ago for simple assault.

The sheriff did not know whether Rush had been convicted on all charges.

Researchers say that Godbolt shot and killed the victims, including a deputy, at three locations in the weekend. They say he will be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first degree murder.


10:10 pm

The funeral is arranged for the eight people who died in a series of related shootings over the weekend in Mississippi.

Researchers say that all eight people were shot and killed by Willie Corey Godbolt on Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln County, south of Jackson.

The first funeral will be held Thursday afternoon for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy William Durr at a church in Brookhaven, and he will be buried later that day at a cemetery in Bogue Chitto (BOH’-guh CHIT’-uh).

Services for 17-year-old Jordan Blackwell and his 11-year-old nephew, Austin Edwards, will be held on Saturday at Brookhaven junior high school.

At the same location will host the funeral for Sheila Burage, 46, and husband Ferral Burrage, 45 on Sunday afternoon.

Finally, a funeral is planned for the 55-year-old Barbara Mitchell, her 35-year-old daughter, Tacarra May, and Mitchell’s 53-year-old sister, Brenda, on a Monday in the school.


9:45 pm

A man who is accused of fatally shooting eight people in Mississippi has been released from a hospital.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said Tuesday that Willie Corey Godbolt is now held in a “secret detention facility.”

After being arrested Sunday morning in Brookhaven, Godbolt was transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for a gunshot wound to treat. The researchers have not yet said in public that lap Godbolt but to say that he is not injured by the police while they arrested.

Godbolt is waiting for a first court appearance, where a judge will decide on the setting of bail and he has a lawyer. Officials in Lincoln County, Court of Justice say that the appearance is not yet scheduled.


2:40 pm

A Mississippi teenager says that his 18-year-old cousin sacrificed his life to shield him from a shooter of the bullets.

Fifteen-year-old Caleb Edwards says he felt the force of the impact as Jordan Blackwell was shot. Edwards’ 11-year-old brother, Austin, was also fatally shot. Caleb said, after his brother was shot, “I thought I was going to die.”

The cousins were among the eight people killed in a rampage at three different houses.

With his mother standing at his side Monday, Caleb spoke quietly as he told The Associated Press how he felt the force of the impact as Blackwell was shot Sunday.

Investigators say the 35-year-old Willie Corey Godbolt will be charged with one count of capital murder and seven counts of first degree murder. He was a first appearance Tuesday.

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