Cheshire Home Invasion
Steven Hayes, who is on death row at Northern Correctional Institution in Somers, describes himself as an orthodox Jew and claims he’s been requesting a kosher diet since May 2013.
A guard conducting a routine check at the Northern Correction Institution found Steven Hayes unresponsive at 9:35 a.m., authorities said.
Six years after the Connecticut home invasion horror that killed a woman and her two daughters, there was a happy announcement from the survivor, Dr. William Petit.
The defense said Joshua Komisarjevsky was sexually abused between the ages of 4 to 6 by a foster teen his family had taken into the home.
The offer from Joshua Komisarjevsky came a week before the start of jury selection for his trial that could lead to the death penalty.
The trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky started last week with jury selection, a process that could take months as prospective jurors are questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.
The judge told attorneys before prospective jurors were brought into New Haven Superior Court that any who cry or panic when they learn the graphic nature of the case would be excused.
Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky argued evidence showed that co-defendant, Steven Hayes, killed Jennifer Hawke Petit and lit the fire that lead to the deaths of her daughters.
Attorneys for a man condemned to die for a deadly home invasion tried to convince a judge Wednesday that the jury was unduly swayed by emotion, but the judge said the jurors’ reactions were natural given the crime’s “unimaginable horror.”
Out of concern for the shell-shocked jury, Connecticut’s Judicial Branch took the rare step of offering counseling services.
The stage is now set for another death penalty trial in the home invasion murders of a mother and her two children in Connecticut.
Hayes’ fate will likely be delayed by years of appeals, but the jurors were unanimous in their view that life in prison was simply not enough for his role in the 2007 home invasion.
A Connecticut man was condemned to death Monday 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.
Jurors considering whether Steven Hayes should get the death penalty for the deadly 2007 Cheshire home invasion.
A life sentence in prison would actually be harsher than a death sentence for a Connecticut man who killed a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion, because he is so haunted by the crime and isolated in prison, his attorney told a jury Thursday.