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A federal court jury in Honolulu Friday rejected the death penalty for former Schofield Barracks soldier Naeem J. Williams, choosing instead to sentence him to life in prison for killing his 5-year-old daughter Talia in 2005.
The case was the first capital murder case tried in the state of Hawaii.
Talia Williams was 4 years old when she arrived in Hawaii to live with her father and stepmother, Delilah, in December 2004. By the time she died seven months later, she had experienced food deprivation and almost daily beatings -- first with a plastic ruler, then a belt at the hands of her father and stepmother. The beatings continued with her father using his fists.
Delilah Williams, who is serving 20 years for her role in the child's death, testified she also stomped on Talia and lifted her up by the hair, sometimes pulling out clumps of it.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
as horrible as it may sound to some of you, i think the jury decision is fantastic.
the ends never justify the means.
originally posted by: BestinShow
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
I know I share this in every death penalty thread. But Cameron Todd Willingham....it haunts me still.
How is that case similar to the one in the OP..? I too think Willingham got the shaft, but that in no way relates to the Williams's case.
Pretty ignorant to compare the two. And you'd have no problem shooting someone caught in the act, which would require an instantaneous judgment (subjective one at that) on your part, but to take their life after due process is a No-Go..?
Weak sauce guy.
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: Wrabbit2000
I have no problem taking both parents out back and placing a barrel of a gun behind their heads and save the tax payers hundreds of thousands.
When you do something like that, you lose all rights as a human being.
Just my humble opinion.
as horrible as it may sound to some of you, i think the jury decision is fantastic. the ends never justify the means.
That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved ; never, that I know of, contro-verted.