By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal
OXFORD – Attorneys for David Williams asked Tuesday for bail to be set while he awaits a new trial.
Williams, 28, of Olive Branch was convicted in 2008 in the stabbing death of Demetria Bracey of Jackson three years before. He was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.
But last November, the Mississippi Supreme Court agreed enough trial errors occurred to throw out his conviction and order a new proceeding in Lafayette County.
The court’s 5-4 decision stated that the jury should have been allowed to consider him guilty of assisted suicide, instead of murder.
The maximum punishment for murder is life in prison, and for assisted suicide it’s 10 years.
In the bond motion filed with the Circuit Court in Lafayette County, Williams’ attorneys David Hill and Tiffany Kilpatrick of Oxford say that because his conviction was reversed, “David is again clothed with the presumption of innocence” and has shown the court he is not a flight risk.
Until his conviction, Williams was free on $100,000 bond.
Williams and Bracey were students at the University of Mississippi in 2007. He claimed her death was part of a suicide pact, which he couldn’t complete on himself.
Bracey was a senior French major just weeks away from graduating, when she died. Her body, with a stab wound ot the chest, was found in a closet of Williams’ Oxford apartment.
The case returns to Judge Andrew Howorth, and District Attorney Ben Creekmore said it will be a priority.
In the Supreme Court decision, Justice George Carlson wrote that looking at that evidence, a juror “could conclude that Williams and Bracey had entered into a suicide pact.”
That decision ended any more appeals by the state.
Since his conviction, Williams has been held in a state facility in Meridian.
More details in Thursday’s NEMS Daily Journal.