Three years after Connecticut abolished the death penalty for any future crimes, the state’s high court spared the lives of those who were already on death row when the law took effect, saying it would be unconstitutional to execute them.
Lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky asked the Connecticut Supreme Court last week to hold an evidentiary hearing, reverse Komisarjevsky’s convictions and order a new trial.
A guard conducting a routine check at the Northern Correction Institution found Steven Hayes unresponsive at 9:35 a.m., authorities said.
Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire.
Steven Hayes, now on death row for the 2007 murders of a Cheshire woman and her two daughters during a home invasion, is speaking out from prison.
State senators voted 20-16 in favor of a death penalty repeal bill after about 11 hours of impassioned floor debate.
A Connecticut man has been sentenced to death for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home.
A judge has denied a request by convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky for a new trial in the home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters, saying he received a fair trial.
The jury deliberated over the span of five days before returning the verdict against Joshua Komisarjevsky, who will join his accomplice Steven Hayes on Connecticut’s death row.
Jurors are weighing punishment for Joshua Komisarjevsky, who was convicted in October of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters.
It’s the third day of deliberations for a Connecticut jury on whether a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison.
The jury deliberated about five hours Tuesday and will continue their discussions Wednesday. Judge Jon Blue suggested they could go later in the day.
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 jury that convicted Komisarjevsky of murder will now decide whether he should be put to death or sentenced to life without parole.
Komisarjevsky was found guilty of all counts against him — 17 in total — including aiding the murder of Hawke-Petit and guilty of murdering Hayley and Michaela Petit.