Schofield soldier's fate to rest in jury's hands

Published On: Apr 15 2014 10:09:13 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 15 2014 10:11:03 PM HST
Naeem Williams


The fate of a former Schofield Barracks soldier is about to rest in the hands of jurors in the state's first-ever death penalty case.

The capital murder trial of Naeem Williams began almost one month ago in federal court.

Prosecutors allege Williams delivered a fatal blow to his five-year-old daughter Talia during a beating in 2005 on military property because the girl urinated on herself.

Defense lawyers pointed to Talia's stepmother and co-defendant Delilah Williams as the primary abuser.

As part of a plea deal, Delilah admitted to stomping on the girl until she felt bones crack weeks before the death. Three medical experts also testified that the girl died of prior injuries.

Both parents admitted to beating Talia on a near daily basis.

Now the jury has been given instructions with closing arguments expected Wednesday.

Talia Williams

Talia Williams

Talia Williams


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