Man accused of killing 8 people in Lincoln County had violent hi - - Jackson, MS

Man accused of killing 8 people in Lincoln County had violent history

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LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lapeatra Stafford says Willie Corey Godbolt knocked on her door around midnight Sunday, pointed a gun at her, and forced her to take him to his next crime scene.

"The fear - I mean, my head started pounding. I was shaking. My vision was blurry. I didn't know where I was going, I just started driving," said Stafford.

Stafford says after he killed his mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, he forced her to drive him all across the county and eventually to another house where he killed an 11-year-old and a 17-year-old.

She says she was with Godbolt for nearly three hours before she was able to escape, and described his demeanor as mostly calm during the drive.

"He was talking about his wife, his kids, things people were telling his wife, and how people were intervening," explained Stafford.

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Stafford says Godbolt talked about being frustrated with particular people getting in the way of his relationship with his wife and children.

The accused killer even mentioned that frustration after police caught him Sunday morning.

"Somebody called the officer. People who didn't even live at the house. But that's what they do. They intervene," said Godbolt, sitting handcuffed on the ground Sunday.

Godbolt's family says he's always had a violent nature.

"He'd go up the street, stop in front of people's house, curse them out, and tell them he would blow their so and so head off," said Daisy Fairman, a relative of the Blackwell children who were killed."

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At one point, Godbolt threatened to kill one of his relatives, and his family took him to court. 

Sunday, he killed that relative's daughter and son-in-law.

"It wasn't so much as pressing charges against him, that she knew he needed some help, and she'd be satisfied if he could get some anger management classes," said Carl Brown, whose cousin Godbolt is accused of killing.

But Godbolt never attended those classes, and his anger only got worse.

"Something could have been done a long time ago," said Stafford. "A long time ago. Because this is years and years of stuff that's been going on with him."

The family says funeral services will be at Alexander Junior High School in Brookhaven:

  • The Blackwells will be Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • The Burages Sunday at 2 p.m. 
  • The May family at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. on Monday.

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