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Jayson Williams Welcomes New Daughter

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There’s a bit of good news for former New Jersey Nets star Jayson Williams, who is currently in the middle of a trial for manslaughter: He’s a dad for the second time.

Tanya Williams, wife of the retired NBA player, has given birth to baby girl, named Whizdom J. Williams and weighing 7 lbs. 4 oz., at New Jersey’s Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, said Judy Smith, a spokeswoman for the parents.

Whizdom arrived around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a day in which court was not in session because of a death in the family of the lead prosecutor, reports the Associated Press.

As a result, Williams was present for the delivery, and mother and child are doing well, Smith said. The Williams also have another daughter, Tryumph, born in December 2002.

Despite her advanced state of pregnancy, AP reports that Tanya Williams has been in court since the trial began Feb. 10, sitting with her father and other supporters on hard benches in back of Jayson, where he faces charges for the fatal shooting of a chauffeur at the athlete’s New Jersey estate.

Because of the new arrival and Tanya’s need to remain in the hospital for a few days, Jayson is not expected to be back in court Thursday, when a hearing resumes on whether to declare a mistrial, Smith said. (Criminal defendants apparently are permitted to waive attendance during a trial if they desire.)

The defense claims that the former Nets player was denied a fair trial because of deleted evidence the prosecutor had from a firearms testing expert.