Trial goes to larger courtroom for man charged in 8 killings

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi judge is moving the trial of a man charged with killing a sheriff's deputy and seven other people.

But the judge is denying defense attorneys' request to delay the trial of Willy Cory Godbolt by at least six months. They wanted more time to prepare. Godbolt is accused of killing eight people in May 2017 in and near Brookhaven, in Lincoln County.

The trial is set to begin in February and the Daily Leader reports that Circuit Judge David Strong signed an order Thursday to move it to neighboring Pike County, where the courtroom is larger. Jurors will be chosen from DeSoto County, about 275 miles (443 kilometers) to the north, and brought to Pike County. Goldbolt remains jailed in Copiah County, north of Brookhaven.