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.