UPDATE: Court of Appeals denies Williams appeal in Bracey murder

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON – David Williams’ appeal of his 2007 murder conviction will not be reversed by the Mississippi Court of Appeals, it ruled today.

Williams was sentenced to life in prison after a Lafayette County jury found him guilty of killing fellow Ole Miss student Demetria Bracey of Jackson, who reportedly was his girlfriend.

Williams’ appeal, by his attorney David Hill of Oxford, was based on allegations the trial court erred when it didn’t include a jury instruction to consider if he only assisted Bracey in killing herself and for not allowing a local priest to be questioned about conversations with Bracey.

He also claimed ineffective counsel.

The appeals court decision was 6-3 with one not participating.

Whether Williams will continue his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court wasn’t immediately known.

Read Wednesday’s Daily Journal for more details.