Mississippi Supreme Court to consider appeal in the death of a George County sheriff

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear an appeal from the man convicted in the 2010 death of George County Sheriff Garry Welford.

The state Court of Appeals upheld Christopher Lee Baxter's conviction last year.

Baxter and his girlfriend, Brandy Nicole Williams, were convicted in 2012 of capital murder. Each was sentenced to life without parole. Williams declined to testify at Baxter's trial.

The Appeals Court ordered a new trial for Williams last December.

Welford was struck by a pickup truck in which Williams and Baxter were fleeing from authorities on July 21, 2010. Baxter was sought on an arrest warrant issued after he missed a sentencing date for drug convictions.

Welford was putting spikes at an intersection near the Alabama line to stop the truck and end a high-speed chase.

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