Monday, August 19, 2013, was the last day of Immanuel William’s testimony. He did such a great job in a very difficult situation and those of us watching are very proud of him. The defense attorneys clarified with him that he sometimes had warm showers inside and did not take ALL his meals outside. Wow, as if that really mitigated their treatment of him. You can read the disturbing story in the Skagit Valley Herald. After Immanuel left the stand, the 16 year old biological son returned. There are some issues with his testimony being inconsistent with his statement given right after Hana’s death. He said that he did not want to talk to the social workers nor did he want to testify but that he told the truth both times. Next on the stand were a few minor witnesses as well as some CPS investigators and the sheriff’s deputy who had been at the home the night Hana died. One shocking revelation is that the 16 year old told the sheriff’s deputy that Hana was possessed by a demon. One has to wonder where he could possibly have gotten such an idea.
The Seattle Times has an article about the trial. This article discusses the case as well as giving more information about adoptions in general and Ethiopian adoptions specifically. In this article I found out that the defense says that Larry and Carri “regret certain parenting decisions.” I had not heard that. I wonder exactly which ones they regret since they still consider themselves not guilty. As this article outlines the entire case and trial so far, it is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Here is a brief story about Monday’s testimony from KiroTV. It focuses on how both Immanuel and the 16 year old biological son were asked if they had been telling the truth.
Chandra, who was at the courthouse last week, has posted Sorrow, Tears & Questions: The trial of Hana Williams’ adoptive parents.