2 arrested in death of Mississippi sheriff

Brandy Nicole Williams, Christopher Lee Baxter face capital murder charges after Garry Welford hit during chase

Published July 22, 2010 4:35PM (EDT)

Two people have been charged with capital murder in the death of a Mississippi sheriff struck while putting out spikes to stop the suspects during a police chase.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence says 18-year-old Brandy Nicole Williams and 24-year-old Christopher Lee Baxter were arrested Thursday morning at a mobile home in a neighboring county.

If either is convicted of capital murder in George County Sheriff Garry Welford's death, the sentence is death or life without the possibility of parole.

Lawrence says the pursuit began after Baxter missed his sentencing date Monday on a drug charge.

Welford was throwing spikes on a road to try to stop a pickup when he was struck.

The district attorney's office said Thursday morning the suspects didn't have attorneys.

By Associated Press

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