The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a former University of Mississippi student who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girl friend in 2005.
David Jackson Williams was convicted in 2007 of killing Demetria Bracey, also a former Ole Miss student, with a knife and leaving her body in a closet for four days. Williams claimed Bracey stabbed herself as part of a suicide pact, however, he failed to go through with the act himself.
The Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Williams in a 5-4 decision Wednesday. The court ruled the trial judge, Circuit Court Judge Andrew Howorth, erred by refusing to give the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
While Oxford has had two bank robberies and nearby Water Valley has had one bank robbed in 2010, nationally, the Bonnie and Clyde wannabes seem to be getting fewer. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
When the new Winchester Centerfire Operation is up and running in the next few years, the community’s economy will get a major boost with the combination of 1,000 new high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues, according to a new economic impact study. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
Oxford High School presents “She Stoops to Conquer,” a comedy of manners or satire about social class this weekend. Opening on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the play stars a range of performers from avid theatre actors to newcomers to the stage. (November 10, 2010, Page 1)
Shirley Perry had the sort of job where you were forbidden to keep a diary. But one day, as she was cleaning out an old chest in her Boston home, she happened across a stash of letters she’d written back home to her parents. (November 9, 2010, Page 1)
Several Veterans Day events are planned in the community to honor those who served their country. Read about these events in today’s Oxford EAGLE.
Efforts to reach a compromise on how many trees should be placed in the Oxford East Shopping Center were thwarted on Monday when the Planning Commission turned down the owner’s request for a variance. The owners had requested to plant 18 trees instead of 60 due to economic hardship. (November 9, 2010, Page 1)
John-Ray Sockwell, 16, has spent the past four months building a fence around the new Veteran’s Memorial Park on Veterans Boulevard. The project was part of his efforts to be named an Eagle Scout. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)
The average price for a home has fallen in Oxford, just as housing prices have dropped in nearly every other community across the nation. Still, unlike many other communities in the U.S., local homes are continuing to be sold at a healthy pace. (November 8, 2010, Page 1A)
The retirement party for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Henry L. Lackey was suppose to be a “roast and toast” event. While many of the speeches made by about 16 people about the Calhoun County judge caused a few chuckles — and even a few tears, it was Lackey himself who invoked rounds of hearty laughter as he lovingly roasted them in return.
He announced his intent to retire at a Christmas party in 2009. His term will end Dec. 31. About 300 people attended Lackey’s retirement party Thursday at the Oxford Conference Center. (November 5, 2010, Page 1A)