Williams found guilty of murder in beating death of daughter

Published On: Apr 24 2014 11:33:57 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 24 2014 12:42:03 PM HST
Naeem Williams


A federal jury finds an ex-Hawaii soldier guilty of murder in the beating death of 5-year-old daughter.

The verdict was handed down Thursday morning. 

Naeem Williams was accused of being responsible for the death of his daughter Talia.

Williams could face the death penalty even though Hawaii abolished capital punishment nearly 60 years ago.  The penalty phase is scheduled to start on Tuesday.

The jury began deliberations Wednesday after a trial that has lasted more than one month.

Williams faced five charges including murder, aiding murder, conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements and was found guilty on all five counts.

Williams was tried in the federal system because the crime allegedly took place at the family's home at Wheeler Army Airfield.

The defense argued it's unclear whether Williams -- who testified he beat his daughter often out of frustration -- caused an injury that directly led to her death.

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