Connecticut Man Sentenced to Death for Triple-Murder

Monday, November 08, 2010

The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were murdered in a triple homicide said the death sentence announced Tuesday for Steven Hayes is justice served. Doctor William Pettit said a civilized society had to hold Hayes accountable.

"We heard that the defendant has never been responsible for his actions for most of his life," said Pettit. "And people really need to be responsible for their actions especially when they're viciously violent and create wanton destruction."

Jurors deliberated for four days before announcing the death penalty for Hayes, but the judge will have to impose the sentence.

Hayes' attorneys tried to persuade the jury to spare his life by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the home invasion that killed Pettit's wife and his two daughters in 2007.

Hayes's attorney said his co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, escalated the violence. But prosecutors said both men were equally responsible.


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james granata from 01040

I don't quite get it. how can the defense attorney begin the appeal process when the client is happy with the verdict and sentencing? And the very act of going through the trial indicates that no court has ruled him incompetent. does his wish to die suggest incompetence? but more than a suggestion of incompetence must be present as it must be determined by the court.

ct has fiscal concerns so why should this costly appeal process put into place; is there a law that mandates appeals in death sentences?

I am presently reading a book on the middle ages and I believe drawing and quartering would be a more appropriate punishment for this is evil incarnate

Nov. 09 2010 08:04 AM
Michael Schumacher from New York

A well deserved verdict. Such a vicious act that premeditated can not be tolerated in any civil lawful society.

Nov. 08 2010 07:38 PM

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