Jury deliberates Skagit abuse case after closing arguments

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Six weeks after it started, the trial of two parents accused in the abuse death of their adopted daughter finally goes to the jury.

Larry and Carri Williams are charged with allegedly starving their daughter and leaving her in the cold to die.

The couple is also accused of "torturing" the teen with extreme forms of discipline.

Today attorneys debated whether the two are guilty of poor parenting or homicide.

"You wouldn't treat an animal this way," Prosecutor Rosemary Kaholokula. "You wouldn't treat a prisoner this way. They took away Hana's dignity, they took away her will, and then they took away her life."

"You might hate my client. You might think she should feel that switch, that she should sleep in a closet, but those are not the proper considerations for you to deliberate," said defense attorney C. Wesley Richards.

The most serious charge each defendant faces is "homicide by abuse." They could also be convicted of lesser charges ranging from manslaughter to assault.

The case was turned over to the jury at 2:50 p.m. and the jury went home for the day after 4 p.m.

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