Judge to weigh motions, death penalty option in capital murder case (Updated 4 p.m.

Special Judge Richard Mckenzie said he will review his notes from two days of testimony before he makes rulings on two motions in the capital murder case of Christopher Baxter. One of the motions could potentially take the death penalty off the table as an option at trial.

Two psychologists testified, both saying testing showed Baxter suffers from an intellectual disability, commonly referred to as mental retardation.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2002 ruled that anyone with an IQ of 70 or less was not eligible for a death penalty, which is what the state was seeking for Baxter.Baxter and Brandy Nicole Williams are charged with capital murder in the July 21, 2010, killing of George County Sheriff Garry Welford.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Thursday's print edition.