No Decision by Hayes Jury; Deliberations Resume Sunday

Home InvasionNEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Jurors deciding if a man convicted in a deadly Connecticut home invasion should be executed have gone home after a second day of deliberating without reaching a decision.

Steven Hayes was convicted last month of killing a Cheshire woman and her two daughters in 2007.

The New Haven jury weighed Hayes’ sentence for a second day Saturday, at one point asking to hear some of the testimony from a psychiatrist who said Hayes was in an extreme emotional state triggered after another man also charged in the case.

Hayes was convicted of sexually assaulting and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit, pouring gasoline on her two daughters and setting their house on fire. The jury is to return to court Sunday.

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