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October 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Closing arguments made in Connecticut home invasion case

Swetha Iyengar
In Session

(CNN) - Closing arguments were made Friday in the trial of Steven Hayes, the man accused of killing three members of a Connecticut family in a 2007 home invasion.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations as early as midday Monday.

Hayes, 47, who has entered a plea of not guilty, is currently on trial in New Haven, Connecticut, for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.

The killings took place in the New Haven suburb of Cheshire in the early hours of July 23, 2007. The home of Dr. William Petit, his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and two daughters was invaded in the middle of the night by Hayes and co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky, prosecutors say.

Komisarjevsky will be tried separately.

Prosecutor Michael Dearington laid out an elaborate timeline of events, fully implicating both Hayes and Komisarjevsky in the gruesome killings.

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Never believed in the death penalty but these 2 need to face a firing squad, without blind folds, without a last meal and without a priest.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  2. Crystal

    why didn't the police go to the family's house before these poor women were murdered? they recieved the phone call from the bank teller...:(

    i hope the jury sends them to rot in prison.. they were awful:/

    October 2, 2010 at 1:38 am |
  3. vito stolfo

    What this world comming to guys like this should die slow

    October 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  4. Stew

    In cases like that? Know the American legal system is set up to ensure due process and prevent barbarism but those two shouldn't be shown any consideration whatsoever.. want to avoid the death penalty? alright, castrate both of 'em, sew blond wigs on 'em, then throw them in general pop. in the worst prison in connecticut for the rest of their lives... The husband and father of the victims in that case not only was there and had to witness the crimes but has to live the rest of his life with those memories.. if he resorted to vigilatism no one would hold it against him. should make examples of criminals like that.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Charlene Taylor

    My question on this case is this....if they called 911 at the bank and this horrific incident occurred several hours later, then where were the police? Why wasn't this invasion stopped? Unless I'm missing something then it seems to me there are more at fault with this case and an outcry should be raised!!

    October 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm |