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Premeditated Or Fit Of Rage? Jury Deliberates On Husband’s Fate

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)–It’s not a question on whether Cleaven Williams killed his wife outside a busy district courthouse two years ago. But did he set out to do it that day?

Suzanne Collins reports at the circuit court where the jury is deliberating on whether Williams will be convicted of murder.

The jury is deciding when he decided to kill his wife. Was it days in advance; did he stake her out at the courthouse? Or was it on the spur of the moment in a fit of rage?  The jury has gone home for the second day.

It was a shocking scene outside of an eastside district courthouse as a man sat on top of a woman, stabbing her repeatedly in November 2008. An officer tried to save the man’s wife—Veronica Williams—by shooting her husband twice with a taser.

Cleaven Williams is now on trial for her murder.

But was the killing of his wife premeditated murder or manslaughter? If Cleaven Williams was in a rage provoked by his wife, a lesser charge might apply.

The jury deliberated three hours Tuesday and most of the day Wednesday. They had just one question about evidence, including the knife.  They went home around 5 p.m.

If manslaughter is the verdict, 10 years is the maximum sentence. A murder sentence could mean a life sentence.

Stay with WJZ for more on this developing story.

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