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Jury Kept Petit Photo at Hand

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prosecution exhibit 14 Jury Kept Petit Photo at HandNEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A juror on the panel that condemned a Connecticut man to death for a home invasion triple slaying says they kept a picture of the victims in plain view during the deliberations.

Jurors also say they had an emotional meeting in the courthouse basement with the husband and father of the victims after announcing their verdict.

Juror Diane Keim tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” the picture of the mother and two girls reminded them of why they were there.

Juror Herbert Gram tells ABC that he had a difficult time holding back tears during Monday’s meeting with Dr. William Petit and Petit’s mother. He says Petit shook jurors’ hands and thanked them.

Gram says the jury asked the judge if it could meet with Petit after deciding to condemn Steven Hayes to death for the killings of Petit’s wife and their two daughters at their home in 2007.

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