Jury selection for the murder trial of Darryl Anthony Priestly, accused of killing a woman at her Campus Crossings apartment a year ago begins Monday, Jan. 10.
Jury selection begins at 9 a.m., according to Bulloch County Clerk of Court records. The trial is expected to begin immediately afterwards, according to information from Bulloch County Superior Court Judge William T. Woodrum's office.
Priestly, 19, was charged last year with Dec. 8, 2009 homicide after police arrested him in connection with the strangulation murder of 19-year-old Brandie Danielle Davis, a woman he knew from their hometown, McDonough.
Davis' body was found in her apartment after she failed to show up for her mother's open-heart surgery.
Statesboro Police Det. Sgt. James Winskey testified in a bond hearing in January, where Woodrum denied bond for Priestly. He gave details of the murder, telling the
Davis' body was found covered up with clothing, topped with an office type chair and a clothes basket, he said. She was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS technicians.
Further examination showed Davis had a boom box and computer cord wrapped around her neck, a mechanical pencil shoved through the roof of her mouth, and was covered in bruises, abrasions and scratches, he said.
Davis had been entertaining friends, including Priestly, at her home the night she was killed, and was on the phone with her fiance when Priestly returned to her home late that night, he said.
Police examined phone records, and compared conflicting statements Priestly issued before arresting him, he said.
Priestly later turned himself in to police in McDonough after Statesboro Police authorities traveled to his hometown for additional questioning. He admitted being responsible for her death, but in some statements claimed it was an accident and he witnessed Davis "take her last breath."
Priestley, and East Georgia College student, lived at The Avenue at Southern apartments, within easy walking distance from Campus Crossings, where Davis, an Ogeechee Technical College student, lived.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at 912-489-9414.