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Jurors set to resume death penalty deliberations

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:29 p.m. HST, Jun 12, 2014

Jurors are set to begin the first full day of deliberations to decide whether a former Hawaii soldier is sentenced to death.

The jury is tasked with determining whether Naeem Williams receives the death penalty or life in prison without possibility of release for the 2005 murder of his 5-year-old daughter. 

Jurors deliberated briefly on Friday and are returning to federal court in Honolulu Thursday to resume the process. 

Williams says he beat his daughter Talia often to discipline her for bathroom accidents. 

During deliberations, they must weigh factors for and against a death sentence.

The defense says factors such as his intellectual disability, his stepfather's physical abuse and his two other children are reasons to spare his life. 

The prosecution says factors such as Talia's age justify death. 

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jmarie wrote:
Hangman's rope or a firing squad for this looser. To bad Hawaii doesn't have a guillotine, that would have been perfect. No mercy!!!!!!
on June 12,2014 | 06:38AM
bluemoki wrote:
"Intellectual disability"? This guy is in the U.S. military, don't they screen for that before accepting recruits?
on June 12,2014 | 07:43AM
paniolo wrote:
What does his "two other children are reasons to spare his life" have to do with anything? He KILLED Talia. Excuses, excuses by his attorney don't mean anything. HE needs to be beaten like how she was. No pity for him from me.
on June 12,2014 | 08:41AM
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