Judge: Jury Can't Consider Execution Cost in Hayes Case

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A New Haven Superior Court judge has ruled that convicted Cheshire home invasion killer Steven Hayes cannot bring up the cost of executions when jurors consider whether to impose the death penalty.

Judge Jon Blue ruled Thursday against attorneys for Hayes, who wanted to include the cost as a mitigating factor on their client’s behalf.   (Read Judge Blue’s decision.)

The judge said jurors have the task of “using reasoned moral judgment, not counting dollars and cents” in deciding life-or-death punishment.

Hayes was convicted last week of murdering a woman and her two daughters in Cheshire in 2007. The same jury will begin hearing evidence on his punishment Monday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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