After four weeks of testimony, closing arguments were
scheduled Monday, Nov. 27, in Houston in the retrial of former trucker Tyrone
Williams, charged with 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring and transporting
illegal immigrants. Nineteen of those immigrants died during a stifling trip
during which they were locked in the back of Williams' trailer.
The Associated Press reports Williams faces a
possible death penalty for his part in the 2003 smuggling operation. Williams'
lead defense attorney, Craig Washington, told the jury that his client could
not hear the cries from the trailer.
Williams, 35, lived in Schenectady, NY, but was a Jamaican
Media sources have reported that he is the only one of 14
people charged in the case who is facing the death penalty.
The Washington Post reported that seven people have
been sentenced to prison in the case and sentencing for three others is
pending. Charges against two were dismissed, and one man remains a fugitive.