NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Jurors finished deliberating Sunday without a verdict as they tried to determine the fate of a man convicted of murdering a mother and her two daughters in their home.

The jury will be back in court Monday morning at 9:45 a.m.

Steven Hayes was convicted of murdering Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in 2007.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

The 12 jurors did not meet a consensus during rare Saturday and Sunday sessions, and at one point asked for a read back of testimony.

The victims’ family said they’re frustrated with the lengthy deliberations.

“This is the first time I cried in a while. It’s really hard to go home with things being really unresolved. I wish we could have seen a conclusion, but I’m sure there will be one whether we are here or not,” said Cynthia Hawke-Renn, Jennifer’s sister.

The jury is deciding whether Hayes should receive life in prison or the death penalty.

Comments (10)
  1. SIGMUND FRUIT says:


  2. matilda says:

    they bth deserve d most painful death or prefarably live 4 a few years in prison nd then put to death.

  3. Sonny says:

    Why do liberals, religious or peace loving idiots have to put their opinions in on a jury? What is there to deliberate? Just look at what the guy did to those people and you want to consider letting him live? Can you idiots be anymore weak or stupid? Kill the SOB!!!

  4. fern says:

    This is a tough decision for the jurors. The death penalty has and never will resolve anything it’s been used for centuries and never dissuaded anyone from committing a crime also the fact that life without parole is probably worse than sudden death.
    Those are some of the reasons why I’m against the death penalty.

  5. Nurse says:

    No actually they shouldnt be put to death thats just to easy. They should be allowed to live so they can suffer all the harsh things that go with prison life. They should live the rest of their lives on guard about even sleeping.

  6. Daniela says:

    Really though?? Deliberating? What is there to think about? These 2 DO NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE! They took three precious lives.Send them to the chair or better yet they should both be set on fire and Mr. Petit should be allowed to watch them suffer and burn to death!

  7. mary says:

    REALLY don’t understand what is taking so long…….get rid of these two….preferably as painfully as possible.

  8. Frank says:

    If ever there was a case where the dath penalty is deserved it is this one. They both should die

  9. Rick says:

    If these guys don’t deserve the death penalty it has lost it’s meaning. They need to go.

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