Murder trial closes for former Schofield soldier, jury decision pending

Courtroom sketch by Wayne Takazono
Courtroom sketch by Wayne Takazono

The fate of Naeem Williams is now in the hands of the jury.

Williams is charged with the murder of his five-year-old daughter at Wheeler Army Airfield in July 2005. If convicted, he could face the death penalty under federal law.

Prosecution and defense attorneys presented closing arguments during a day-long session in federal court.

Prosecutor Steve Mellin questioned the testimony presented by several defense medical witnesses who said it may not have been a head injury that killed Talia Williams.

Meanwhile, defense attorney John Philipsborn spent two hours attacking the credibility of Williams’ wife, Delilah, who testified against her husband.

Delilha Williams is serving a 20-year prison term under a plea agreement with the government.

Williams was serving in the Army at the time of his daughter’s death.

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