Petit Murder Suspect Wants to Change his Plea

By Brennan McCord

Apr 1, 2010 3:47pm

ABC News' Alexa Miranda reports: One of the two suspects in the horrific home invasion and triple murder of a Connecticut mother and her two daughters, told a judge Thursday that he wants to plead guilty.

Steven Hayes and another suspect, Joshua Komisarjevsky, 20, of Cheshire, had previously pleaded not guilty to capital felony murder, sexual assault and other crimes in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley.

However, ABC News reports from inside the courtroom that the judge told Hayes that he should feel no pressure to change his plea and if Tuesday (which is the next court date) he still feels like he wants to change his plea to guilty, then another judge will hear his plea change.

Hayes, 46, could be executed if he is allowed to change his plea to guilty. The judge told him either a jury or a three-judge court would determine his sentence, because he is not allowed to plead guilty to a death sentence.

"This is potentially a momentous development in the case," the judge said, adding all sides need some time to consider how to proceed.

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