With Home Invasion Case Pending, CT Won’t End Death Penalty


Two Connecticut senators opposed to capital punishment are refusing to vote to repeal the death penalty this year at the request of Dr. William A. Petit, sole survivor of a home invasion that left his wife and two daughters dead, reports the Connecticut News Project. Their switch ends the repeal effort for 2011.

Sen. Edith Prague told Senate leaders she would not vote for repeal until next session, after the trial of the last of two defendants in the Cheshire home invasion case, in which Petit’s wife was strangled and his daughters bound and left to die in their burning home. Sen. Andrew Maynard, who along with Prague voted for repeal two years ago, said he also has reconsidered as a result of conversations with Petit.

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