State wants revisit to order for Williams' new trial

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to rehear its decision for a new trial in the Demetria Bracey murder.
A 2007 Lafayette County jury convicted her boyfriend, David Williams of Olive Branch, in her stabbing death.
But on appeal, Williams’ attorney, David Hill of Oxford, contended that he should have been allowed to give the jury the choice for assisted suicide, rather than just guilty of murder or not.
Williams was sentenced to life in prison. Hill is expected to ask the court to set bail for his client while he awaits a new trial.
Recently, the Supreme Court reversed a Court of Appeals decision rejecting Williams’ appeal, saying that the assisted suicide instruction should have been allowed.
In support of its request, Assistant Attorney Gen. John R. Henry writes that idea that Williams and Bracey had a suicide pact was “nothing more than idle, speculative talk.”
The evidence in support of the charge of murder “was overwhelming,” he said.
Bracey was found in a closet in Williams’ Oxford apartment several days after her death by stabbing. Williams insisted they mixed pills and alcohol to buck up their nerve to die together.
At trial, Henry said, Williams’ defense was simply that he did not kill her.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.