NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Attorneys for a Connecticut man convicted of a deadly home invasion are challenging a judge’s decision to replace a regular juror with an alternate to determine his sentence.
A hearing will be held Wednesday in New Haven on the motion. The jury is expected to begin deliberations Friday on whether Steven Hayes should get the death sentence or life in prison for killing a woman and her two daughters in 2007 in Cheshire.READ MORE: Tri-State Area Residents Behind On Utility Bills Encouraged To Apply For State Assistance As Moratorium Nears End
Judge Jon Blue dismissed a juror Friday who was overheard making a derogatory comment about the defense and replaced the juror with an alternate.READ MORE: Police Open Fire, Arrest Man Threatening People With Stolen Kitchen Knives In Lower Manhattan
Hayes’ attorney, Tom Ullmann, said state law calls for the jury that determined Hayes’ guilt to determine his sentence. The alternate was not a member of the deliberating panel when it determined Hayes’ guilt.MORE NEWS: National Pizza Month: More Chefs, Restaurants Pivoting To Pizza Due To The Pandemic
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