Brandy Williams found guilty of capital murder, will serve life in prison

Published: Mar. 18, 2016 at 8:24 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2016 at 9:01 PM CDT
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GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Brandy Nicole Williams has been found guilty of capital murder in the 2010 killing of George County Sheriff Garry Welford.

A Lauderdale County jury deliberated for about an hour Friday before handing down the verdict, and Judge Richard McKenzie sentenced Williams to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"July 21, 2010 is a day that will never be forgotten by the Welford family and the George County community," said Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade. "I hope this verdict shows the law enforcement community that we will stand with those who put their lives on the line each day to protect us."

Wade said the state called 22 witnesses to the stand, and argued Williams was either driving the truck that struck and killed Welford or was aiding and abetting Christopher Baxter when he hit and killed the sheriff.

Baxter was convicted of capital murder in May 2012. He was also sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"Garry Welford dedicated his life to public service, and he lost his life while serving and protecting the citizens of George County," said District Attorney Tony Lawrence. "The emotion of losing a public servant weighs heavily on all those involved. His absence will never be filled, but I hope the verdict today will bring some sense of justice to the Welford family and the George County community."

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