Williams avoids trial, pleads guilty in Bracey’s 2005 death

By Patsy R. Brumfield / Daily Journal

OXFORD – David Williams of Olive Branch pleaded guilty today for his part in the 2005 stabbing death of girlfriend Demetria Bracey.
Williams, 29, was sentenced to 20 years on his plea to culpable negligent manslaughter.
Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth also suspended a five-year sentence for his guilty plea to what’s termed “inveiglement kidnapping,” which Black’s Law Dictionary defines as luring or enticing someone to do something through “deceit or insincerity.”
Williams was scheduled to go on trial July 30, his second charged with Bracey’s murder.
In 2007, a Lafayette County jury convicted and sentenced him to life in prison. But three years later, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the conviction and ordered a new trial, saying sufficient trial errors occurred to force a new look at the case.
Williams insisted that he and Bracey of Jackson, who were romantically involved, had a suicide pact that he couldn’t carry out on himself.
She was found stabbed in a closet in Williams’ Oxford apartment several days afer she died.
They were students at the University of Mississippi.
Until the Supreme Court ruling, Williams was serving his sentence in a Meridian medical facility to treat psychiatric problems.

• Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.