NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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.
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The jury deliberated for about five hours Tuesday and less than two hours Monday in the sentencing phase of Joshua Komisarjevsky’s trial in New Haven Superior Court.
“It’s just a long wait. It’s a hard wait,” said William Petit Sr., whose granddaughters and daughter-in-law were killed. “By the same token, we know it’s very close to being over.”
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Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home in 2007.
Hayes was convicted of raping and strangling Hawke-Petit. The girls died of smoke inhalation after they were tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.
Hayes is on death row.
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