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.
The stage is now set for another death penalty trial in the home invasion murders of a mother and her two children in Connecticut.
A man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion told a psychiatrist he was shocked by his co-defendant’s violence, but later found himself in a rage, strangling and then raping the woman, the doctor testified Thursday.
The charge was included in a disciplinary report on Steven Hayes, read in court during the penalty phase of his trial.
Testimony will continue in the trial of Steven Hayes to determine whether he should receive a death sentence for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters.
A psychiatrist says the Connecticut man convicted in a deadly home invasion told him he wanted to take the stand and encourage a jury to give him the death sentence.
Lawyers for Steven Hayes cited the writings of his co-defendant who described how his “dark shadow was let loose” as he beat Dr. William Petit and terrorized his wife and two daughters.
Prosecutors have rested their case after calling a court clerk to testify about Steven Hayes’ long criminal record.
Attorneys for convicted murderer Steven Hayes argued they should be allowed to bring up the cost of executions when jurors consider whether to impose the death penalty.
A Connecticut man convicted of murdering a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion is trying to avoid the death penalty by arguing executions actually cost taxpayers more than life sentences.
A jury that heard eight days of gruesome testimony about a Connecticut family’s night of horror has convicted a paroled burglar of killing a mother and her two daughters.
Attorneys for Steven Hayes said in court papers that prosecutors failed to prove he intended to cause the deaths of Hayley Petit and her sister Michaela.
A state forensic scientist says DNA evidence links victims of a fatal 2007 Connecticut home invasion with two men charged in the attack.
A Cheshire police captain on Wednesday defended the department’s July 2007 decision not to enter a house where they had been told a family was being held hostage.
Three years after surviving a horrific home invasion, Dr. William Petit described to a jury, in chilling detail, the night that cost him his entire family.