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Former Soldier Charged with Murder To Take the Stand

Former Soldier Charged with Murder To Take the Stand

A former Hawaii-based soldier accused of beating his five-year-old daughter to death will take the witness stand in his defense. Defense attorney John Philipsborn said Naeem Williams intends to testify Tuesday. Williams, being tried in federal court, faces the death penalty even though there is no capital punishment in Hawaii. The prosecution's final witness was the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on Williams's daughter, Talia, after she died in July 2005. Dr. Kanthi De Alwis completed her testimony last week, and said that Talia had a multitude of injuries including a dislocated shoulder and fractured ribs. Prosecutors said Williams dealt a fatal blow so hard that it left knuckle impressions on the girl's chest, and added that Talia suffered months of abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother.

 

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