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Jury Starts Deliberating in Deadly Conn. Home Invasion Case

  • This June 2007 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)

    This June 2007 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)

  • Photo released in Feb. 2010 by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows convicted killer Steven Hayes.

    Photo released in Feb. 2010 by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows convicted killer Steven Hayes.  (AP )

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A Connecticut jury has begun deliberating whether a man convicted in a deadly home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison.

The jury began weighing Steven Hayes' fate Friday morning. Hayes was convicted last month of killing a Cheshire woman and her two daughters in 2007.

Hayes' attorney told the jury Thursday a life sentence would actually be harsher than death, because his client is so haunted by the crime and isolated in prison.

Prosecutors said the crime cries out for the death penalty, because Hayes and his co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, tormented the family for seven hours before they were killed.

Komisarjevsky awaits trial.