A former Hawaii-based solider accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter is testifying in his defense.
Naeem Williams took the witness stand Tuesday. He started to cry and reached for tissues when defense attorney John Philipsborn asked if he was ready to talk about what happened to his daughter, Talia.
Williams is being tried in federal court, which allows for him to face the death penalty even though Hawaii doesn't have capital punishment.
He's starting his testimony by describing meeting Talia's mother while a teenager in South Carolina. He says their relationship didn't last after Talia was born.
Prosecutors say Williams dealt a fatal blow so hard it left knuckle impressions on the girl's chest. Prosecutors say Talia suffered months of abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother.