Potential evidence issues delay new Williams trial

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – David Williams won’t go on trial Oct. 17 as planned.
His attorney, David Hill, said the trial is postponed until early next year, perhaps February.
Williams, 28, of Olive Branch, faces a new trial on 2005 charges he murdered his girlfriend, Demetria Bracey, of Jackson, in his Oxford apartment after an extended bout of drinking and drug-taking while they were students at the University of Mississippi.
In 2007, a Lafayette County jury convicted and sentenced him to life in prison. Three years later, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial, saying sufficient trial errors forced a new look at the case.
After a March hearing, Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth set bail for Williams, and he went home to await the new trial.
On Sept. 1, Hill filed a motion for Williams asking for a hearing to address numerous incomplete issues of possible evidence, called “discovery.”
According to a case document, some of the possible evidence apparently went “missing” across the years. While most of it was located, Hill’s motion said “the more important items were not located.”
Apparently, prosecutors thought the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation had some of the items, but it did not.
The hearing was held Sept. 18, but with less than a month to go before trial, the defense said it still had not received “tissue samples” and was running out of time for analysis.
In lieu of copies of all emails and other communication documents already requested, Hill asked for the three computers seized in 2005 – two from Williams’ apartment and one from Bracey’s dorm room. He said the defense preferred to have its own expert search their contents for “relevant information.”
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com