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Lincoln County judge anticipates change of venue in Godbolt capital murder case

Godbolt, 35, is also charged with the murders of seven relatives - Source WLBT Godbolt, 35, is also charged with the murders of seven relatives - Source WLBT
LINCOLN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Capital murder suspect Willie Cory Godbolt spent only a few minutes in court Thursday.

The accused mass killer appeared at a standard hearing, but the judge predicts the case could be moved far from Lincoln County.

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Godbolt had a new attorney during the proceedings in Circuit Court. 

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He's being represented by the Capital Defense Team with the State Public Defender's Office.

Attorney Allison Steiner entered a motion before Judge David Strong to allow the 36-year-old to wear civilian attire and no shackles during future court proceedings.

Defense cited high public interest in the case and Jackson television coverage as a reason.

"This is an extremely unusual case in any event," Steiner told Judge Strong. "I frankly have never been to a docket call where there were four news agencies requesting camera access to a courtroom before."

The judge denied the request over concerns that Godbolt would be a safety risk, but he did concede that there would likely be a change of venue.

"In the event you file a motion for a change of venue, it's my personal belief that the jury will have to be chosen from a voir dire that does not get any part of Jackson news," Judge Strong told Steiner.   

Lincoln County Assistant District Attorney Brendon Adams also informed the court that four autopsy reports had not yet been completed.

Before the session ended, the ADA asked for Godbolt's DNA.

"Basically to see whose blood is where throughout the house, " said Adams." There were at least three different samples of blood that was taken from the East Lincoln residence."

The prosecution stated that the accused was injured and samples were needed to compare with evidence found at the home of Ferral and Shelia Burage.

Defense objected based on self incrimination, but Godbolt was ordered to submit to DNA swabbing for admission into evidence.

His next court appearance in Lincoln County Circuit Court is scheduled for August 2.

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