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Hawaii death penalty case moves closer to conclusion

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:18 a.m. HST, May 22, 2014

Jurors could soon begin deliberating over whether a former Hawaii-based soldier convicted of murder should be sentenced to death.

Closing arguments are scheduled Thursday in the sentencing eligibility phase of the Naeem Williams trial. Deliberations are expected to follow.

The jury last month convicted Williams in the 2005 beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, Talia.

Williams faces the death penalty even though Hawaii abolished capital punishment in 1957. Because the crime took place on military property, the case is in the federal justice system, which allows for the death penalty.

The sentencing hearings have been ongoing for several weeks, with experts testifying about Williams' low IQ. The defense is trying to show that his low level of intelligence doesn't make him eligible for a death sentence.

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Kuokoa wrote:
I think a better title to this article would be "Federal Death Penalty case in Hawaii moves closer to conclusion" What do you think? Hawaii does NOT have a death penalty, the feds do. The case is just being held here because the crime was committed here.
on May 22,2014 | 10:03AM
silvangold wrote:
AGREE. having said this, it is no concequence what his IQ is. KILLING. MURDER. TAKNG A LIFE. all the same thing. An eye or an eye is appropriate in this situation. (IMHO)
on May 22,2014 | 10:52AM
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