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October 5th, 2010
04:39 PM ET

Man convicted of capital murder in Connecticut home invasion case

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - After deliberating for about four hours over two days, a jury Tuesday convicted a 47-year-old man of capital murder in the deaths of three members of a Connecticut family in a 2007 home invasion.

Steven Hayes was convicted on 16 of the 17 charges against him in connection with the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, including nine counts of murder and capital murder and four counts of kidnapping. The jurors acquitted him of an arson charge in the burning of the family's home.

As the verdicts were read, Hayes stood at the defense table, looking down. Some members of the Petit family embraced, while others seemed close to tears.

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  1. Sebastian K.Young

    I cannot say that I have the answers or that I have experienced everything that life has to offer. what I can say is that there is one universal teaching tool that transcends age,gender and generation a good story with a great life lesson. When we take time to relay the lessons that we have learned through stories with a moral ending lives are changed, destinies are directed, and tragedies are averted. Speak Life!!! From my book I Had Every Excuse To Fail,But I Chose None. Sebastian K. Young

    October 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  2. D.Tucker

    It is hard to believe that 2 human beings (barely human) coulds be so evil to this family. The only thing close to justice is for them to be executed as soon as possible. I am a father with a wife and family and I would have a hard time controlling myself from acts of revenge. The right sentence is the death penalty.

    October 5, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    I feel for the father – he's so right a guilty verdict does not bring his family back; nothing can do that. But, a guilty verdict with appropriate sentencing at least does not leave one thinking that the perpetrators got away with it all - that for the evil done there was justice served. I hope the guilty verdict for this one and hopefully a guilty verdict for the second criminal will enable the good Doctor to carry on with is life and find some happiness again. His daughters and wife would have wanted him to be happy. My deepest condolences to the Doctor and his extended family.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm |