Death Penalty Possible After CT “Cheshire Murder” Verdict


Steven Hayes could get the death penalty for Connecticut’s 2007 “Cheshire murders” of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, reports the Hartford Courant. Hayes, 47, was found guilty on 16 of 17 counts, including three counts of murder, six counts of capital felony, the sexual assault of Hawke-Petit, four counts of first-degree kidnapping, third-degree burglary and the baseball-bat assault on Dr. William Petit, who survived.

The high-profile home invasion case prompted changes in Connecticut’s parole practices because both Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, who will be tried separately in the case, were on parole at the time of the crime. Both men were career criminals who had been in and out of custody on similar non-violent crimes; they met at a Hartford drug treatment center in 2006.

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