Naeem Williams sentencingUPDATED 7:52 AM HST May 28, 2014Video Transcript
sentencing starts. But, experts say a timely ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could help the convicted murderer. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us live with the latest update. That's right-- a jury found --naeem williams- last week qualified for the death penalty for killing his 5 year old daughter Talia. But experts say the sentencing today could be affected by the high court ruling yesterday. The Schofield soldier scored a 77 on an IQ test. In the past-- inmates with IQ scores above 70 could not claim mental disability.. That 70 score is widely accepted as the marker of mental impairment.. But-- some medical professionals say people who score as high as 75 can still be considered intellectually disabled due to a margin of error. Experts say the IQ test played a large part in Williams case--- JUST yesterday--- The high court ruled --states cannot rely on IQ tests alone to determine whether a death row inmate is eligible for execution. 356 "THERE SHOULD BE A MUCH MORE BROAD INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE, THE CHILDHOOD, WHETHER OR NOT HE HAS DISABILITIES, WHETHER HE HAD PROBLEMS IN SCHOOL, IT'S ALL RELEVANT NOW BECAUSE THE SUPREME COURT IS SAYING IN EFFECT, DON'T MAKE MISTAKES." That expert is saying there should be a re-do of the death eligibility phase now-- to make sure the the ruling doesn't get overturned in a higher court. It's getting closer to that sentencing that starts at 9 a.m. In fenderal court later this morning.