UPDATE: State wants rehearing in Williams murder conviction reversal

By Patsy R. Brumfield/Daily Journal

JACKSON – Attorney Gen. Jim Hood asked the state Supreme Court to re-hear its decision for a new trial in the Demetria Bracey murder.

A 2007 Lafayette County jury convicted her boyfriend, David Williams, 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 was expected to ask the court to set bail for his client while he awaits a new trial.

Recently, the Supreme Court agreed the assisted suicide instruction should have been allowed, when it reversed a Court of Appeals decision rejecting Williams’ appeal.

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.

They were University of Mississippi students at the time.

At trial, Henry said, Williams’ defense was simply that he did not kill her.