Petit Family Slaying Suspects Trying To Avoid Death Penalty
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Attorneys for two men charged with a deadly 2007 home invasion in Connecticut say their clients have repeatedly offered to plead guilty in exchange for life sentences in prison in hopes of escaping the death penalty.
The attorneys, speaking at a court hearing in New Haven Tuesday, said prosecutors have rejected the offers and want the death penalty for suspects Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky.
A prosecutor declined to comment in court. The judge previously ordered both sides not to discuss the case outside court.
Hayes and Komisarjevsky are charged with capital felony and murder in the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela. Hawke-Petit's husband, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but survived.
The trial is expected to start early next year.