Judge to hear bid for new trial in UM student killing case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Judge to hear bid for new trial in UM student killing case

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A circuit court hearing is scheduled Friday on attempts to win a new trial for David Williams, currently serving a life sentence for the 2005 murder of a University of Mississippi student.

The sentence, which includes the possibility of parole, was imposed after a Lafayette County jury in 2007 rejected Williams' claims that the stabbing death of 21-year-old Demetria Bracey was part of a mutual suicide pact.

Williams' new Oxford attorney, David Hill, will ask Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth for a new trial based on what he alleges were more than a dozen points of poor legal counsel by the former attorney -- James Franks from Hernando.

Bracey was a senior French major who was just weeks from graduating when she was killed. Her body, with a stab wound in the chest, was found in a closet of Williams' Oxford apartment.

Authorities said her body had been covered by clothes.

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