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Jury selection begins Monday for UM student accused of killing girlfriend

Glenda Hill says she's been waiting a long

time for justice for her daughter, a 21-year-old University of

Mississippi student allegedly stabbed to death by her boyfriend in

2005 and stuffed in a closet in his Oxford apartment.

Maybe her wait is almost over.

Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of David Jackson

Williams, 24. He was also a student at the university when he was

accused of killing Demetria Bracey.

"It has been a long time coming," Hill said. "I just want

justice for my daughter."

Bracey, a 2002 Murrah High graduate, was a senior French major

from Jackson when she was killed. Her body, stabbed once in the

chest, had decomposed when authorities discovered her.

As much as Bracey's family is ready for the trial to get under

way, there have been concerns that at it could be delayed because

of an alleged second suicide attempt by Williams.

Before his arrest in November 2005, Williams tried to commit

suicide, authorities said.

Lafayette County District Attorney Ben Creekmore said Williams

apparently tried again.

Williams, a senior business major, was in a DeSoto County

hospital, but no details were available on why he was there.

His attorney, James Franks of Hernando, said his client has been

released from the hospital.

"We're ready for trial," Franks said last week. "I think

everybody wants to get this over with. It is a complicated and very

sad situation."

Creekmore said last week he expects jury selection to take a day

and for the trial to last about three days.

Hill said she doesn't buy Williams' alleged suicide attempt,

according to a www.clarionledger.com article.

"He went all this time, and two weeks before the trial he is

supposed to have tried to commit suicide," Hill said.

If convicted, Williams could face life in prison. He remains

free on a $100,000 bond.

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