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Steven Hayes Wants to End Death Sentence Appeals

The convicted Petit murderer Steven Hayes says he's "ready for the death chamber," according to a letter he wrote to the Hartford Courant.

Convicted murderer Steven Hayes wants to end his legal appeals and "go to the death chamber," according to a report in the Hartford Courant.

In a recent hand-written letter to the Courant, Hayes, who was convicted in March of killing three Cheshire women in the 2007 home invasion, said he can't live with the intense torture and psychological trauma of the Department of Corrections staff.

Hayes, 49, was convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit in her Sorghum Mill Dr. home during the horrific night of crime. Petit's two daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, also died after the home was set on fire. 

Co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky, 32, of Cheshire was also found guilty in the killings and was sentenced to death.

The lone survivor of the home invasion, Dr. William Petit, was beaten and tied up in the basement of the couple's home. He later escaped and fled to neighbor's home. Petit recently remarried.

State law requires an automatic appeal for death sentence cases. The Courant reports the process could take 20 years. Hayes' letter asks for those appeals to be waived.

The charred remains of the Petit home were demolished and a memorial garden was built on the corner property in a neighborhood close to Rt. 10, Cheshire's main road.

Bill Keane October 13, 2012 at 02:30 AM
What precisely is the evidence that Mr. Hayes has endured "intense torture" and "psychological trauma"? Given what he did to an innocent family, his definitions of torture and trauma must be undeniably significant, and therefore easy to establish as a fact. Who, what, where, when, and how? Surely Mr. Hayes can establish his case. Right? Or is it that there is an intent to add the defamation of security guards to an irrefutabley ugly string of evil crimes?

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