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.

Defense attorneys say Komisarjevsky should not be condemned to death because was sexually abused as a child and never got proper psychological help.

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Comments (6)
  1. Tbaby Simpson says:

    Im glad he is getting the death penalty. He should die a horrible death as those women did in this family. Using I was abused as an excuse, is just that, I was abused too but I dont go around killing people

  2. gotacomment says:

    What in God’s name is taking so long? If Hayes got the death penalty, so should this garbage. He was molested? So were a lot of other people and they did’t take up home invasions, rape, arson and murder as a career.

  3. A "Going Postal" Worker says:

    Kill this piece of garbage, and save the state some taxpayer $$ by not having to keep him locked up a long time.

  4. Czar says:

    So give him some psychological help and then the death penalty. Alternatively, let him suffer the same fate as his victims.

  5. cluxx clamsman says:

    What 3 days of deliberations? It should only taking 3 seconds to hang this skuzball by his neck.

    1. Claude says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

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