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Supreme Court refuses to re-hear case of woman who killed George County sheriff

Brandy Nicole Williams, 18, is led into the George County Justice Court building for her initial appearance on a capital murder charge in the death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford in July 2010.
Brandy Nicole Williams, 18, is led into the George County Justice Court building for her initial appearance on a capital murder charge in the death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford in July 2010. John Fitzhugh

The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a rehearing for the 26-year-old woman convicted of capital murder in the killing of George County Sheriff Garry Welford.

Brandy Nicole Williams, 26, has twice been found guilty of driving the truck that struck Welford as he put sharp sticks on a road to stop her fleeing vehicle on July 20, 2010. Her boyfriend, Christopher Lee Baxter, was with her and was wanted for failing to appear in court on a meth charge.

Welford was 62. Williams was 18 at the time.

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday refused to give her another hearing.

Williams was found guilty by a George County jury twice in 2012, along with Baxter.

Williams appealed to the State Court of Appeals on March 18, 2016. The court sent the case back to George County for a new trial.

She earned a new trial in a claim that the presiding judge did not allow Baxter to testify that he was the one driving the Z71 in a 14-minute pursuit covering 16.8 miles along two George County roads in excess of 100 mph.

Williams was behind the wheel when the truck stopped, according to testimony in court documents.

Williams was again found guilty, and filed a motion for a new trial, which was denied.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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