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Posted: Monday, June 9th, 2014 12:18 PM HST

Attorneys argue for, against death for ex-soldier

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The decision of whether a former Hawaii soldier receives the death sentence is now before a jury.

Attorneys in the federal death penalty case summed up their arguments Friday on what sentence jurors should give Naeem Williams for the 2005 beating death of his 5-year-old daughter, Talia.

The jury convicted Williams of capital murder. They must now decide whether the sentence is death or life in prison without possibility for release.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright told jurors that they can begin deliberating Friday, but he suggested they pick a foreperson and then start deliberating next week.

During the sentencing phase, Williams and his relatives asked the jury to spare his life.

The prosecution is asking for the "ultimate punishment," while the defense is calling for mercy.

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