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Investigator says father expressed no remorse in beating death

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 7:55 p.m. HST, Mar 20, 2014

During the course of a seven-hour interview with Army investigators immediately following the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter Talia, former Schofield Barracks soldier Naeem Williams "never expressed any concern, sorrow or remorse for Talia," Army investigator Albert Hazzard testified this morning in U.S. District Court.

Hazzard said he got the impression that Williams' focus was on himself, his wife Delilah and their four-and-a-half-month-old daughter Azrah. 

"Talia was a burden, she wasn't really wanted," Hazzard said.

Talia was Williams' child from a prior relationship. 

Williams, 34, is on trial for capital murder for the July 5, 2005, child abuse beating death of Talia. He is facing the death penalty.   

Hazzard said he gave Williams the opportunity to write a letter to unburden himself from any guilt or sorrow he felt over Talia's death. He said Williams declined.

He said during the interview, Williams initially said Talia fell in the shower and hit her head. He said Williams later admitted that his daughter fell and hit her head after he struck her. Hazzard said Williams also admitted that he had previously hit Talia with his fist and belt on almost a daily basis.

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