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Mississippi Supreme Court upholds conviction in George County sheriff's death

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Lucedale man in the death of the sheriff of George County.

Christopher Lee Baxter was seeking a new trial in the death of Sheriff Garry Welford. Welford was struck by a pickup truck in which Baxter and his girlfriend, Brandy Nicole Williams, were fleeing from authorities on July 21, 2010.

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

The Supreme Court, in its 6-2 ruling Thursday, denied Baxter's challenges to instructions given the jury and to the evidence in the case.

Williams won a new trial from the state Court of Appeals Court last December.

The Appeals Court upheld Baxter's conviction last year.

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