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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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    natasha74

    over 3 years ago

    604 Comments

    They should burn him alive... That's the pain he deserve.

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    TXPD

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Absolutly disgusting. The quick death offered by the state to too good for this garbage.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    May Mr Hayes RIP (ROT IN PIECES).

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    swalker35

    over 3 years ago

    256 Comments

    I hope his death is NOT without severe pain.....

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    Eleni

    over 3 years ago

    9194 Comments

    I'd be more than happy to join BigNTS in whatever method he likes. How about slow tortuous suffocation, skinning alive, or setting him afire with just a dash of accelerant??? .

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    alexy

    over 3 years ago

    3970 Comments

    "Hayes and his co-defendant were on a “power trip” when they tormented the family for seven hours before they killed them."

    Perhaps a powertrip involving a electric chair might be appropriate.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I believe we all want the same thing.He should ,by all rights, be dead now.We realize the sad fact though that this barf bag,piece of garbage will live for years more as his mouth piece will drag the appeals process on for eons.Sadly he will be living on the tax payers dime.I am an advocate of televised public beheadings.

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    I think this bastard needs to die by being lit on fire like he killed those two teens.

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    I have to agree with Irishcop1961, don't drag it out. The jury made the decision now where is the needle? Should be that fast.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50400 Comments

    I hope they don't drag it out. Just get it over with.

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    chevyrider42

    over 3 years ago

    50 Comments

    They desrve to be in prison.

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    vlouie

    over 3 years ago

    1366 Comments

    This oxygen thief needs to put to death tonight..........Then Justice is serve!!!! Next his parter in crime, as well.

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    Stealth4387

    over 3 years ago

    188 Comments

    I hope the victim's family doesn't have to wait 20-50 years for the sentence to be carried out!

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    kweikman

    over 3 years ago

    796 Comments

    What a horrific story. I remember watching a documentary about the attacks and it made me sick to my stomach. So glad this piece of trash was sentenced to what he deserved

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    BigNTS

    over 3 years ago

    6820 Comments

    I volunteer to flip the switch, pull the trigger, depress the plunger, or whatever method they use.

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