Connecticut Triple Murder Suspect Does Not Want to Plead Guilty

By Brennan McCord

Apr 6, 2010 3:35pm

Brennan McCord reports:

The defendant in the Connecticut triple-murder case told a judge on Tuesday that he no longer wants to change his plea to guilty. 

Steven Hayes, 46, and a co-defendant, 29-year-old Joshua Komisarjevsky, are charged with capital felony, murder and sexual assault in the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at their Cheshire home. Both face the possibility of the death penalty.

Last week, Steven Hayes, 46, said he wanted to change his plea to guilty and Judge Jon Blue scheduled a hearing to discuss his plea.  However, Hayes’ lawyers argued that he was not competent to change his plea and that he was seeking “suicide by state.”

Hayes’ attorney, Thomas Ullman said: "Counsel's obligation should be obvious.  We are not here to assist Mr. Hayes in committing suicide, either by his own hands or by the state of Connecticut. Suicidal behavior is pathological and not rational."

Hayes paused and answered "yes" in court Tuesday when Judge Blue asked if he was satisfied with his attorneys' advice to proceed to trial.

After Hayes indicated he would not be pleading guilty, he changed from a prison jumpsuit into civilian clothes and jury selection resumed.

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