Family, friends recount ex-Hawaii soldier's life


HONOLULU (AP) — Jurors continue to hear about the background and character of a former Hawaii soldier facing a death sentence for the murder of his 5-year-old daughter.

After hearing testimony, the jury will deliberate on whether Naeem Williams should be sentenced to death or to spend the rest of his life in prison for the 2005 beating death of his daughter, Talia.

This week, people including his sisters, an aunt, buddies from his Army days and even a former lover have been testifying about who Williams is as a person.

The defense is trying to convince jurors that his life has value and should be spared.

Testimony has included recollections about the physical abuse Williams suffered from his stepfather and descriptions of the former soldier as being quiet and peaceful.

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