Former trucker may have torpedoed his own defense

| 11/10/2006

Former trucker Tyrone Williams may have torpedoed his own defense Thursday, Nov. 9, during his retrial in a Houston courtroom.

Williams faces a possible death penalty in connection with a botched smuggling attempt in which 19 illegal immigrants died in the overheated trailer of his truck.

On Thursday - against the advice of his own lawyer - Williams insisted that instead of the jurors simply seeing pictures of the dead, that relatives of the victims be called into the courtroom to personally identify their loved ones in the photos.

One courtroom observer told the Houston Chronicle that Williams' decision is "suicidal."