Defense Lawyers in soldier murder case: Too much time on death penalty decision

06/24/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Honolulu – Defense attorneys in the case of a former soldier charged with capital murder in the death of his 5-year-old daughter are seeking a mistrial. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), lawyers for Naeem Williams filed a motion on Monday stating the sentencing decision by a federal jury in the case was taking too long, after six days of deliberation.

The attorneys suggest the jury is fatigued, which will affect their decision making. In addition to deliberating for six days, the same jury also sat through the trial lasting 41 days, and deliberated for the guilt phase. The motion is quoted as stating, “There is no doubt that the effects of exhaustion and coercion are of paramount importance in the present case.”

Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday stating that there was no indication from the jury that they would not be able to reach an agreement on sentencing. A judge set a hearing regarding the defense’s motion for Wednesday.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Honolulu Legal News

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