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Death Penalty Repeal Dead

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut legislative leader says there are not enough votes to repeal the state’s death penalty this session.

Senate President Donald Williams said Friday the bill lacks enough support after two lawmakers said they would not support repeal this session after meeting with Dr. William Petit, the lone survivor of a 2007 Cheshire home invasion in which his wife and two daughters were killed.

Sen. Edith Prague said even though the bill states that it only affects future capital felony crimes, Petit is concerned the second suspect in his family’s slaying, Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahr-JEV’-skee), could use the repeal as the basis for an appeal and possibly not face capital punishment.

Steven Hayes was sentenced to death last year for the crime.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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