A jury made a unanimous verdict in the case against a former Schofield soldier who beat his own daughter to death.
There was no response from Naeem Williams as the jury's verdict was read Thursday. He was found guilty of two counts of capital murder for the death of his daughter Talia.
Five year old Talia Williams died July 16, 2005 after months of abuse.
"I'm very grateful and happy and overwhelmed over the verdict. Her murderer finally got guilty of what he did to her and you know that she – she can go rest now. You know her killer is guilty of what he did to her," said Tarshia Williams, Talia's biological mother.
Tarshia sat throughout the trial and says she experienced some discomfort.
"Yes, it was so hard there. It was a couple times I had to even walk out. It was so hard, but I had to stay in there. I had to do it for her. It's all about her," said Tarshia.
In early 2005, Naeem was awarded custody of Talia after South Carolina officials found her mother contributed to the child's malnourishment and stunted development. But life was cruel under his watch.
Prosecutors say Naeem beat Talia almost daily in his Wheeler townhouse.
The defense says the former soldier doesn't dispute that, but claims it was his wife Delilah Williams who caused Talia's death from prior severe beatings.
Delilah detailed those beatings in her testimony. Under a plea deal she will serve a 20-year sentence.
Now Naeem faces the death penalty.
Tuesday morning jurors will return to Judge Michael Seabright's courtroom to begin the penalty phase in the case.
Jury members will first decide if Naeem is eligible for the death penalty and if so, they will then deliberate on whether he should receive the death penalty.
Tarshia says she'll be there to the end. She wears an angel necklace with Talia's picture on it as she thinks about the little girl who would be a teenager today.
"I think about that part every day. She would be a beautiful young lady – grown up you know – but her life was cut short. But, I'm just happy that justice finally got served," said Tarshia.