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Former Soldier may get the death penalty for what he did to his 5-year old daughter

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

A former Hawaiian soldier found guilty of the murder of his 5-year-old daughter’s murder has been declared eligible for the death penalty – a first in the history of the state since its statehood.

Naeem Williams will face a jury that will decide whether he should be sentenced to death or face life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last month, the same jury had found Williams guilty of the crime.

The case has attracted the media’s attention because Hawaii doesn’t have the death penalty as it had abolished capital punishment 1957, two years before it joined the United States. Williams is facing the death penalty because the crime occurred on military property, thus making him eligible for prosecution by the federal system.

William’s defense team is arguing that he is not eligible for a death sentence because of his low IQ which mental health experts have testified on, stating that he has intellectual impairment and scored low on tests.

Meanwhile, the prosecution said that little Talia’s age and her vulnerability made the crime so heinous that the death penalty was warranted.

Williams and Talia’s stepmother, Delilah Williams, both testified that they had beaten her almost daily with their hands and belts during the seven months that she had lived with them in Hawaii.

Williams said the little girl was beaten because of her bowel and bladder control issues and also because of his frustrations caused by his marriage.

The wife, Delilah, cut a deal with prosecutors for a 20-year sentence and testified against Williams. She told of how they withheld food from Talia for days on end, beating her while she was duct-taped to a bed, pulling so hard at her hair that she was left with a bald spot and stomping on her until bone cracked.

They took Talia out of her school so that people in her kindergarten wouldn’t see the signs of their abuse on her body. She died on July 16th, 2005 after Williams dealt her a blow so hard that knuckle imprints were visible on her chest, partly because the girl spat toothpaste onto a bathroom sink.

174 Comments

  1. BizG

    May 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, couldn’t even get the first line of the opening paragraph articulated? Thought he murded the child’s “murder?” Mother…maybe? SMH! Condolences to the poor child. Too much evil and ignorance sweeping the nation.

    • ed wright

      May 28, 2014 at 10:58 am

      They need to beat the shit out of both of them, no death penalty for either one let them roast in jail so that every day they will know what they did keep them lock up in solitary confinement till the day they die.

  2. Merry B

    May 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Why in the supposedly the United States of America ignored is the process to dehumanize that started during slavery and allowed insidiously to continue?

  3. berdell

    May 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    These people needed some HELP!!
    Young children who are emotionally and physically abused are very often
    without bowel and bladder control.
    I agree our nation has been overcome with ignorance ,impatience, unrealistic expectations for children.

  4. Johnny

    May 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Don’t racists always say that they’re not a racist?

  5. Barbara

    May 26, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    That poor baby. How could they do such a thing to that child?! The death penalty is warranted for both of those devils.

  6. jacqueline

    May 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    please god step in now what is wrong !!! a child why? If they did want her they could have gave to another family member or the states OMG!!!!!!! please god step in and help! prayer is the only way!

  7. kay

    May 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    How how horrible for that little girl! brings tears to my eyes thinking about how she suffered! How and why could they do this to this baby?! I hope that he does get the death penalty and I hope the so called mother finds out that karma is a b*tch!!

  8. Pat

    May 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Rhonda Clark
    The first murders came out of the caves of Europe, you! They were kick out because they were so defiled, filthy and ignorant, savages. The Roman church nor the Queen wanted this crud in their society and thus they came to the Land Own by Indians and Africans . They came with their murderous minds and killed Indians like wild beast hungry for blood. You were murders then and your murders now. Who else would take out a whole family, a whole class room of kids, jump on the tracks of an on coming train, jump off the roof for loss of a dollar, go home and kill their whole family and traditionally ate raw blood running steak all of your lives. They is why cancer and disease and mental illness is in your DNA. Get your history right. You people are the lowest on the planet.

  9. Hiroader2

    May 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Can understand the emotional impulse to reaction to such a story., But my grievance falls along the line where prosecution used the wife Delilah to testify against her military husband in order to lighten her sentence… Another thing in the history of Hawaii mast killing/killers the 1st death penalty goes to a minority… With that here’s a few infant, toddler murder cases that didn’t get the death penalty consideration.., 1. Fresno, CA a Aldel Mendez (23 yr old) mother killed her 17 mos old, her 3 yr old, a cousin and stabbed and shot her husband.. 2. Albuquerque, NM Liehsa Henderson (mother) stabbed her son in the neck w/a screwdriver… 3. Oklahoma Lindsey Fiddler put her infant daughter in a wash machine and drowned her… 4.Bakersfield, CA Aubrey Mailloux (mother) received a nine month sentence aft stabbing her 6 week old in the back, along its abdomen, the jaw and neck… Same emotional outrage for the death penalty….???

    • moonhead

      June 18, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      You are a f*cking idiot. I don’t care what race these people are, they both deserve the death penalty. Only a assh*le bring race into every conversation. And you certainly fit that description. I didn’t see one ounce of empathy for this little girl. Only a racist rant by a known idiot. By the way, if you could read, you would have realized that the only reason this animal is eligible for the death penalty is because he committed this murder on an army base, not because he was a minority. Also, the Hawaiians don’t consider themselves a minority, and most are just as racist as some white people.

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