Former Ole Miss student convicted in suicide pact out on bond - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Ole Miss student convicted in suicide pact out on bond

By Janice Broach - bio | email

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - A former Ole Miss student convicted of murder after he made a suicide pact with his girlfriend was released on a $100,000 bond Wednesday.

A Lafayette County jury found former Ole Miss student David Williams guilty of the 2005 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Demetria Bracey.

Bracey was a French major just weeks away from graduation.  Her body was discovered in a closet.  She had been stabbed in the chest in Williams' off-campus apartment in Oxford, Mississippi.

While on trial in 2007, Williams claimed he and Bracey had a suicide pact, but he was unable to carry out his part.

During his trial, a medical examiner testified the knife wounds were made with too much force to be self inflicted.  Jurors took only three hours to convict Williams, who was sentenced to life in prison.

Williams has been fighting ever since his conviction for a new trial.  In November, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the trial judge erred by not giving the jury the option of finding Williams guilty of assisted suicide.

In a statement, Williams' attorney wrote, "we now look forward to the retrial of this case and the opportunity to fully develop and present David's defense to a jury."

After serving several years behind bars, Williams got out of prison Wednesday on a $100,000 bond.

Williams is living with his parents in Olive Branch while he awaits a new trial.  Action News 5 was unable to contact Williams for a comment.

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