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Posted: Thursday, June 12th, 2014 12:38 PM HST

Death penalty jurors have long list to weigh

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Before jurors reach the yes or no question asking whether a former Hawaii soldier should be sentenced to death for his daughter's murder, they must weigh a long list of reasons for and against giving him capital punishment.

Jurors deciding the fate of Naeem Williams are scheduled to begin the first full day of deliberations Thursday. They previously convicted him of murder in his 5-year-old daughter's beating death. Now they decide whether he is put to death or spends the rest of his life in prison.

They have a list of 149 mitigating factors the defense offers as reasons to spare his life. They must also decide if the prosecution proved seven aggravating factors to justify death.

Then they must determine whether the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating ones.



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