Attorneys argue for, against death for ex-soldier

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal prosecutor is asking for the "ultimate punishment" for a former soldier convicted of his 5-year-old daughter's murder. A defense attorney is asking for mercy.

Justice Department Trial Attorney Steven Mellin told jurors Friday that Naeem Williams deserves the death penalty because he beat his daughter almost daily when she lived with him while he was stationed in Hawaii.

The jury that convicted Williams of murder in the 2005 beating death will decide if his sentence will be death or life in prison without possibility for release.

Defense attorney Michael Burt told jurors Williams should be allowed to live because he's a decent and redeemable person, despite his crimes.

Burt says Williams is not the "worst of the worst."

Jurors are expected to begin deliberating next week.

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