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It's Death for Convict In Horrific Petit Triple Murder Case

It's Death for Convict In Horrific Petit Triple Murder Case

Dr. William Petit, left, with his daughters Michaela, front, Hayley, center rear, and his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit (AP)

Associated Press

November 08, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man will be sentenced to death for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.

A jury decided Monday that Steven Hayes should receive the death penalty. Jurors deliberated over four days in New Haven Superior Court. The judge will impose the sentence.

Hayes’ attorneys tried to persuade the jury to spare his life by portraying him as a clumsy, drug addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion with another paroled burglar. They said Hayes’s co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee), escalated the violence. They say Hayes was remorseful.

But prosecutors said both men were equally responsible.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Connecticut jury has reached a verdict on whether a man convicted in a deadly home invasion should be executed or serve a life sentence.

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Steven Hayes

The New Haven Superior Court judge says it will be a lengthy process to announce the verdict for Steven Hayes. The jury entered in its fourth day of deliberations Monday morning.

Hayes was convicted last month of killing a Cheshire woman and her two daughters in 2007.

His attorney has argued that Hayes is so isolated and anguished by the crime that life in prison would be worse than death.

But prosecutors say the death penalty is justice for a crime so heinous. They say Hayes and his co-defendant were on a “power trip” when they tormented the family for seven hours before they killed them.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    bearstar03

    almost 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    I don't want him killed. Let the worthless POS get his butt plugged by Big Bubba everyday while he rots in jail. Death is too goo for this man. I fonly he could be doused in gasoline

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    delano388

    almost 4 years ago

    4314 Comments

    Fry his ass

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Fired......Thats all I have to say...

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    Daysend

    almost 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    Death is good, justice has been served. Thou I wouldnt mind an alternative Punishment. Life-paralized from the neck down in a room with a tiny window just high enough that you cant see out of. As his only entertainment.

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    TeachDJ

    almost 4 years ago

    208 Comments

    Absolutely horrific. I say move this scumbag to the front of the death row line.

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    horrible, horrible crime. very saddening to hear about the family. Prayers to the family and friends of the victims!

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    rsironron

    almost 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    I agree with Koda0317.

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    Koda0317

    almost 4 years ago

    354 Comments

    This guy should be executed in the exact same fashion as what he did to that poor family.

    This guy should be soaked in gasoline and then set a blaze,,,shortly into it, the fire should be extinguished and then let him sit in agony (no medical attention) while he dies from his injuries over a long period of time.

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Justice has spoken, now it is trime for it to be served in an expiediant manor. A death in the manor with which the victims paid the ultimate price would be a fitting punishment for this human garbage.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    almost 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    Now comes another 10 years or so, of feeding, clothing and housing this pile of dog vomit...

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    aussie4

    almost 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    Agreed and bump what patchboy said. Now hurry the hell up and send this pos to hell, please.

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    patchboy

    almost 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    I'm still trying to figure out why it took the jury 4 days to make the decision? If there was ever a case where death is justified, this was it.

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    HEYSARGE

    almost 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Get it done!!!

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    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14636 Comments

    UIf there ever was a case for removal of a person from this life it is this piece of garbage. Even ultra liberial Conn. had to decide he deserves no less than death. I do agree with Natasha though, burn the SOB alive.

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    Hbryant188

    almost 4 years ago

    594 Comments

    Too bad the judge didn't give him life in prison. I'm pretty sure that would have been 10x worse than a lethal injection.

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