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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Did Naeem Williams kill his 5-year-old daughter Talia on July 16, 2005?  Or did repeated abuse by Naeem and his wife cause her to die that day? Those are some of the questions the jury will have to answer as they begin deliberations Wednesday morning.

Naeem Williams admitted that he repeatedly abused the girl for seven months after getting custody of her.

His wife, Delilah Williams already pleaded guilty and will serve 20 years.  But Naeem could get the death penalty if he is convicted in the states first death penalty case in decades. 

The government's attorneys say Talia was tortured, beat every day after moving to Hawaii to live with the soldier.  So was it one final, fatal blow to the head that killed her? Or did all the beatings -- with belts, paddles, and fists actually cause internal injuries which lead to her death?

There are five counts the jury will deliberate.  If he is found guilty, a sentencing hearing will decide if he lives or dies.  

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