Sen. John Kissel
Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire.
Malloy signed the bill at a ceremony Thursday alongside family members of some of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, several hours after it won approval in the General Assembly.
The death penalty has been officially abolished for future cases in Connecticut, but Sen. John Kissel says the decision will only hinder the way the state deals with the most hardened and heinous of criminals.
State senators voted 20-16 in favor of a death penalty repeal bill after about 11 hours of impassioned floor debate.