NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury has resumed discussing whether a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a brutal home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison.
The jury deliberated less than two hours Monday afternoon without reaching a verdict in the sentencing phase of Joshua Komisarjevsky's (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) trial in New Haven Superior Court.
Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home in 2007. Hayes is on death row.
Defense attorneys say Komisarjevsky should not be condemned to death because was sexually abused as a child by his foster brother and never got proper psychological help. Prosecutors cite the heinous and cruel nature of the crime.