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Two arrested for killing sheriff laying down spike strips

Will face death or life without parole if convicted of capital murder


Associated Press

LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people have been charged with capital murder in the death of a Mississippi sheriff struck while putting out spikes to stop the suspects during a police chase.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence says 18-year-old Brandy Nicole Williams and 24-year-old Christopher Lee Baxter were arrested Thursday morning at a mobile home in a neighboring county.

18-year-old Brandy Nicole Williams and 24-year-old Christopher Lee Baxter could be sentenced to death or life without the possibility of parole.
18-year-old Brandy Nicole Williams and 24-year-old Christopher Lee Baxter could be sentenced to death or life without the possibility of parole.

If either is convicted of capital murder in George County Sheriff Garry Welford's death, the sentence is death or life without the possibility of parole.

Lawrence says the pursuit began after Baxter missed his sentencing date Monday on a drug charge.

Welford was throwing spikes on a road to try to stop a pickup when he was struck.

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