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Posted: Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 11:36 AM HST

Williams attorneys seek mistrial

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Defense attorneys for a former Hawaii-based soldier facing the death penalty for killing his 5-year-old daughter say jurors are taking too long to deliberate his sentence.

Naeem Williams' attorneys filed a motion Monday arguing for a mistrial because the jury hasn't reached a decision after six full days. They say that's a long time for a relatively simple capital case. It was tried in federal court, making Williams eligible for execution even though Hawaii abolished it in 1957.

Defense lawyers say a juror violated court orders by posting information online. The motion doesn't detail the claim but asks that jurors be questioned about it. A hearing on the motion is set for today. Jurors convicted Williams of murder for the 2005 beating death. They must decide whether he's sentenced to death or life in prison.



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