• Jurors see before and after photos of starved girl

    By: Lee Stoll


    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Thursday was the fifth day in the Skagit County murder and abuse trial.

    For the first time, jurors saw what Hana Williams looked like as a healthy girl--and her shocking deterioration before her death.

    Video taken in 2007 before she left Ethiopia shows Hana smiling as she looks at the camera.  A photo taken closer to her death in 2011 shows her thin teen and shaved head.

    Hana’s adopted brother, Immanuel, who is deaf, testified she was always told to stay outside by her adoptive parents, Larry and Carri Williams.

    "They didn't let her into the house to warm up,” said 12-year-old Immanuel, through an interpreter.

    Immanuel says he and Hana were treated very differently from the Williams’ own seven children.

    The Ethiopian pair would sleep in a closet or on the floor. They were given frozen or wet food to eat outside.

    "If it was snowing, I couldn't eat at the table.  I would have to go under the shelter to eat,” said Immanuel.

    He says they both were hosed down as punishment.

    "If the water was really, really cold when it came at me, I would feel scared,” said Immanuel.

    If convicted, the Williams could face life in prison in the abuse of Immanuel and death of Hana, who died of starvation and hypothermia in the family’s backyard.

    But Immanuel says the couple’s sons also punished him.

    Prosecutors planned to call two of the boys to testify against their parents, who have been barred from contacting any of their children since their arrests.

    But attorneys for the sons say their clients are nervous about incriminating themselves and do not have immunity from any future charges.

    The judge agreed with the defense and said the boys cannot be ordered to talk.

    Instead, prosecutors questioned people who knew Carri through a knitting group -- people who knew the stay-at-home mom was upset with Hana for not obeying her.

    "She said, 'my house, my children and my rules,’” said Beverly Davies.

    Prosecutors still have the Williams’ five other children on their witness list and may call them to testify.

    For now, all of the children are in protective custody or with relatives.

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