- Associated Press - Sunday, November 7, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury has begun a third day of deliberations to decide whether to sentence a man convicted in a fatal home invasion to death or life in prison.

The same jury last month found Steven Hayes guilty of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, in 2007 in Cheshire.

His lawyers have argued in New Haven Superior Court that he should be spared the death penalty because his mental capacity was significantly impaired.

Prosecutors say the death penalty is justice for such a heinous crime. They say Hayes and co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky were on a “power trip” when they tormented the family for seven hours before killing them.

Komisarjevsky is awaiting trial.

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