Deliberations Continue in Death Penalty Decision

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut jury is set to start its fifth day of deliberations on whether a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison.

Jurors are weighing punishment for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee), who was convicted in October of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters. The girls were tied to their beds and left to die in a fire.

His accomplice, Steven Hayes, is on death row for strangling Hawke-Petit and killing her daughters. Jurors have now been deliberating about as long as Hayes’ jury did before reaching a verdict.

Jurors will continue deliberations Friday afternoon in New Haven because a juror has an appointment in the morning.

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


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