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Defense to begin in Hawaii capital murder trial

Apr. 1, 2014 - 10:40AM   |  
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HONOLULU — The defense is expected to begin presenting its case in the capital murder trial of a former Hawaii-based soldier accused of beating his 5-year-old daughter to death.

Even though thereís no capital punishment in Hawaii, Naeem Williams faces the death penalty because heís being tried in federal court.

The prosecutionís final witness was the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on Williamsí daughter, Talia, after she died in July 2005. Dr. Kanthi De Alwis completed her testimony last week, saying Talia had a multitude of fresh and healing injuries including a dislocated shoulder and fractured ribs.

The defense is expected to begin calling witnesses Tuesday. His attorneys say Williams is expected to testify.

Prosecutors say Williams dealt a fatal blow so hard it left knuckle impressions on the girlís chest.

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