In Houston, a jury of seven women and five men were
scheduled to continue deliberations Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the case of former
trucker Tyrone Williams.
Williams faces a possible death penalty for his role in a
smuggling operation that resulted in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants who
were left in the over-heated trailer of his truck in 2003.
He's the first person federal prosecutors have targeted for
the death penalty using a 1994 law that allows a death sentence if an illegal
immigrant dies during a smuggling attempt.
Williams' attorney contends that law is unconstitutional
because it doesn't require a jury to find that the defendant intended to harm
or kill anyone.
The case went to the jury Monday.
Williams, 35, is a Jamaican citizen who lived in Schenectady, NY, and is the only one of the 14 people charged in the case who is facing the
According to the Houston Chronicle, so far seven
people have been sentenced to prison in the case. Sentencing for three others
is pending. Charges against two were dismissed, and one man remains a fugitive.