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Saturday, August 23, 2014

David Jackson Williams

Williams guilty in stabbing death

David Jackson Williams of Olive Branch pleaded guilty Monday morning to charges of manslaughter and kidnapping in the 2005 death of his girlfriend and Ole Miss student Demetria Bracey of Jackson. (July 16, 2012, Page 1)

Trial in murder-suicide case continued

The trial of David Jackson Williams, accused of killing Ole Miss student Demetria Bracey in 2005, has been continued until February. (October 13, 2011, Page 2)

Williams’ attorney wants reverend to testify

An attorney for David Jackson Williams is asking the court to require a reverend to be subpoenaed and questioned during a murder trial in October. (June 24, 2011, Page 1A, 2A)

David J. Williams out on bond

David Jackson Williams, 28, is at home in Olive Branch with family after posting a $100,000 bond at about 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He was convicted in 2008 in the stabbing death of Demetria Bracey of Jackson three years before. The Supreme Court granted him a new trial in December ruling that the trial judge erred by not giving the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide. Since the conviction was overturned, the presumption of innocence returns to Williams and was granted bond. A new trial date has been set for Oct. 17. (March 23, 2011, Page 1)

Prosecutors’ attempt to block Williams retrial denied

State prosecutors have lost an attempt to have an appeals court rehear a decision to overturn a murder conviction for David Jackson Williams, who was found guilty in 2009 of killing Demetria Bracey, also a former Ole Miss student, with a knife and leaving her body in a closet for four days. (February 25, 2011, Page 2A)

New trial in Bracey case

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)

Appeal denied again for Williams

Convicted killer David Jackson Williams has been denied for a second time by the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
On Tuesday, six of the nine Court of Appeal Judges voted against granting Williams’ request for a rehearing. (April 22, 2010, Page 2)

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