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Hawaii death penalty jurors have more work to do

May 2, 2014 - 8:21pm

HONOLULU — Jury service is far from being over for the jurors who sat through more than a month of testimony to convict a former Hawaii-based soldier of murder in the death of his 5-year-old daughter.

This week, they began hearing more testimony about whether Naeem Williams is eligible for a death sentence. This process is unfamiliar in Hawaii, which doesn’t have capital punishment.

But the death penalty is possible in federal cases. Williams is being tried in federal court because his daughter’s 2005 beating death occurred on military property.

Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Richard Dieter explains part of the prosecution’s burden is to prove the crime was so heinous, a death sentence is warranted.

The defense is arguing Williams shouldn’t be sentenced to death because of his low IQ.

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