Defense rests in trial over George Co. sheriff's murder

Brandy Williams, who's accused of killing George County Sheriff Garry Welford during a chase in 2010, could know her fate by Monday. That's when her capital murder case could be handed over to a jury.
Brandy Williams, who's accused of killing George County Sheriff Garry Welford during a chase in 2010, could know her fate by Monday. That's when her capital murder case could be handed over to a jury.

OXFORD, MS (WLOX) - The woman accused of killing George County Sheriff Garry Welford during a chase in 2010 could know her fate by Monday. That's when the capital murder case could be handed over to a jury.

Brandy Williams has been on trial this week in Oxford, where the case was moved due to pretrial publicity. District Attorney Tony Lawrence's office told WLOX News the defense rested Friday after calling three witnesses. Williams did not take the stand in her own defense.

Lawrence said the state could still call a rebuttal witness against Williams Monday when the trial resumes.

Authorities say Williams was fleeing from deputies in 2010 when she ran over Sheriff Welford. They say Williams and Christopher Baxter were running that day because Baxter was wanted for missing his sentencing on a drug charge.

Baxter went to trial in May, and is now serving life in prison. Prosecutors considered seeking the death penalty for Baxter, but Judge Richard McKenzie ruled Baxter could not be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

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