NATCHEZ, MS (WLOX) - Christopher Baxter has been found guilty of capital murder in the 2010 death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford and will spend the rest of his life in jail without the possibility of parole. The jury returned that verdict Friday night, just a few hours after beginning their deliberations.
Despite the verdict, Baxter can not be sentenced to death under Judge Richard McKenzie's ruling that he is intellectually disabled.
Welford was run over while putting out spikes to stop Baxter's truck and end a police chase. Officials said Baxter was wanted for missing his sentencing on a drug charge.
The State Supreme Court appointed McKenzie, a retired Hattiesburg judge, to hear the case after local judges stepped aside. The trial was also moved to Natchez because of pre-trial publicity.
Codefendant Brandy Nicole Williams' trial is scheduled Aug. 27 in Lafayette County.