Verdict in Hawaii soldier's death penalty case coming Friday

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Updated: 6/27 1:38 am

HONOLULU (AP) — Jurors have reached a decision on whether a former Hawaii soldier convicted of killing his 5-year-old daughter will be sentenced to death or life in prison.

But the verdict won't be read until Friday morning because jurors said they were "emotionally drained." U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright accepted the verdict Thursday, sealed it and excused the jury for the day.

Naeem Williams' death penalty trial is the first in the history of Hawaii's statehood.

In April, the same jury found Williams guilty of capital murder in his daughter Talia's 2005 beating death. He said he beat the child often to discipline her for bathroom accidents.

Hawaii's territorial government abolished capital punishment in 1957. But Williams was tried in the federal justice system, which allows the death penalty.

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