New trial for woman accused of killing George Co. Sheriff

New trial for woman accused of killing George Co. Sheriff

GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The woman accused of killing George County Sheriff Garry Welford will get a new trial. The Mississippi Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in the case of Brandy Nicole Williams, who was sentenced to life in prison for running over and killing the sheriff during a high speed chase in 2010.

In December, a Court of Appeals decision reversed Williams' conviction and ordered a new trial. The Mississippi Attorney General appealed, but was denied by the high court Wednesday.

"My first thoughts are for the family of Sheriff Welford who will have to relive this tragedy once again," said George County Sheriff Dean Howell. "Even though we are not happy with this latest ruling, we will do what it takes to ensure justice is served for Sheriff Garry Welford."

Williams and Chris Baxter were convicted of capital murder in separate trials. Baxter avoided the death penalty, because he was determined to be mentally retarded.

Williams was prosecuted as the driver of the truck that hit Welford. Williams' attorney appealed the conviction in part based on testimony from Baxter that was not allowed into evidence at her trial.

According to court documents, Baxter told deputies Williams was driving the truck for a time, but admitted the two switched seats during the chase, leaving him behind the wheel when Welford was killed.

Attorney General Hood released the following statement:

"The Mississippi Supreme Court denied the state's petition for certiorari.  This means the Court did not agree to review the case.  As a result the case is remanded to the Circuit Court of George County for a new trial.   We are limited by the Rules of Professional Conduct from further comment."

The Supreme Court ruling means Williams will stand trial again for Welford's murder. No trial date has been set.

The Supreme Court upheld Baxter's conviction and life sentence earlier in 2015.

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