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 the country gradually bounces back from the recession, local community members have proven that the needs of the many sometimes do outweigh the needs of the few. (November 10, 2010, Page 3)
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)
After being denied by the Oxford Planning Commission, the Oxford Tree Board showed its support Tuesday by voting to approve the request for a variance of the landscape ordinance from the owners of the Oxford East Shopping Center parking lot on University Avenue. (November 10, 2010, Page 2)
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)
A lot of work was done behind the scenes over the last few months on “Project Duke,” which helped bring Olin Corp.’s Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at some of the players in the relocation and expansion project who helped make it happen. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)
American Legion national commander Jimmie L. Foster writes a guest column to give thanks for veterans who have served our country, and to explain who we celebrate Veterans Day for. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)
Robyn Tannehill and Helen Phillips write to thank all of the people in the community that supported the recent Oxford school bond issue, and to note that voting Yes on the issue was the right thing to do even in light of recent information about other funding and the overall capital improvement project. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)
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)