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$4.3M spent on defending Hawaii soldier in death penalty case

Jul. 1, 2014 - 08:07AM   |  
This Nov. 10, 2003, photo released by Tarshia Williams shows Williams' daughter Talia Williams in Orangeburg, S.C. Jurors are considering whether to sentence Naeem Williams, a former Hawaii soldier, to death or life in prison after he was convicted of beating his daughter Talia to death.
This Nov. 10, 2003, photo released by Tarshia Williams shows Williams' daughter Talia Williams in Orangeburg, S.C. Jurors are considering whether to sentence Naeem Williams, a former Hawaii soldier, to death or life in prison after he was convicted of beating his daughter Talia to death. (Tarshia Williams/AP)
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HONOLULU — It cost more than $4.3 million to defend a former Hawaii-based soldier who faced the death penalty for the murder of his 5-year-old daughter.

A jury last week was unable to agree on Naeem Williamsí sentence, allowing him to avoid execution and receive life in prison without the possibility of release.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser requested disclosure of the public money spent to defend Williams. A federal judge released that information Monday.

The information released says Williamsí attorney fees and costs totaled nearly $2.9 million. Other expenses including expert witnesses, paralegals and investigators totaled about $1.4 million.

Juror expenses came out to nearly $209,000.

The Criminal Justice Act provides for appointing and compensating lawyers to represent defendants who canít afford legal counsel in federal criminal proceedings.

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