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Juror: Deadlocked Hawaii jury was 8-4 for death

June 27, 2014
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — One of the jurors asked to choose the sentence for a former soldier convicted of killing his young daughter in Hawaii says the panel was 8-4 in favor of the death penalty.

Juror Earlanne Leslie of Hilo revealed the vote Friday after jurors announced they could not come to a unanimous decision in Hawaii's first death penalty trial since it became a state.

Jurors made their decision knowing that if they couldn't agree, Naeem Williams would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright set an Oct. 14 hearing to formally sentence Williams.

Seabright also set a July 8 hearing to sentence the victim's stepmother, Delilah Williams, who took a plea deal in the case.

 
 

 

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