Horrific Conn. Triple-Murder Case Goes to Jury
Defendant may face death penalty for Hawke-Petit murders
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2010 5:59 PM CDT
This June 2007 file photo provided by Dr. William Petit Jr., shows Dr. Petit, left, with his daughters Michaela, front, Hayley, center rear, and his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, on Cape Cod, Mass.    (AP)

(Newser) – Jurors finished their first day of deliberations in the case of Steven J. Hayes, a parolee accused of sexually assaulting and murdering a Connecticut woman and her two daughters in a horrifically brutal home invasion, reports the New York Times. The jury did not reach a verdict before going home at 4:30pm. Jurors are considering 17 charges against Hayes stemming from the horrors at the home of William Petit Jr., including murder, kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary, and arson. Six of the charges against Hayes carry the death penalty.