Man charged with killing eight won’t testify in own trial

BROOKHAVEN, MISSISSIPPI (AP) – A man charged with killing a deputy sheriff and seven other people in Mississippi in 2017 said on Monday that he did not want to testify in his own trial where he could face the death penalty.

“I choose not to,” Willie Cory Godbolt told the judge when jurors were not in the courtroom.

Godbolt told his defence attorneys later in the day that he had changed his mind and wanted to testify, but the judge would not allow it because that part of the trial had passed.

Godbolt, 37, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of capital murder, four counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and one count of armed robbery.

Prosecutors wrapped up their case on Monday after calling several witnesses over nine days. Defence attorneys called only two witnesses before completing their case.