Expert on Torture Testifies in Abuse Case of Hana and Immanuel

John Hutson, a law school professor and dean, who testified before Congress about military prisoner abuse, told jurors Hana and her adopted brother Immanuel were "unquestionably tortured." (KIRO 7)

Tadias Magazine
News Update

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Mount Vernon, Washington – An expert on torture testified Friday in the homicide-by-abuse trial of Larry and Carri Williams who are accused of abusing their two adopted children from Ethiopia, Hana and Immanuel, and causing the death of Hana.

13-year-old Hana Alemu (Hana Williams) was found dead on May 12, 2011 in the family’s backyard in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. She died of hypothermia, which doctors say was hastened by malnutrition and a stomach condition.

“In my judgment, it’s not a close case,” said John Hutson, taking the witness stand on day-six of the trial. The law school professor and dean, who had previously testified before Congress about military prisoner abuse, added: “They both were unquestionably tortured.”

The couple are also charged with first-degree manslaughter in Hana’s death, and with first-degree assault in connection with the alleged abuse of Immanuel. They have pleaded not guilty.

Hana and Immanuel were adopted from Ethiopia in 2008.

Watch: Witness Testifies Adopted children were ‘tortured’ (KIRO 7 Eyewitness News)

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