Delay in Hayes Sentencing Denied

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A judge has rejected a lawyers’ request to delay the sentencing of a Connecticut man condemned to death for killing a mother and her two daughters in a home invasion.

The public defenders who represent Steven Hayes said in papers submitted to New Haven Superior Court that the extensive publicity surrounding the case may have helped deny a fair trial. They asked for a two-month delay.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue denied the request Wednesday and is scheduled to impose the sentence Dec. 2.

Hayes was convicted of sexually assaulting and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit. Authorities say he and Joshua Komisarjevsky tied her two daughters to their beds, poured gasoline on them and set their house on fire.

Komisarjevsky is to go on trial next year.

Link to court motion:

State v. Hayes Motion (Extension)
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