Judge denies Conn. killer’s bid to speed up execution

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Steven Hayes

VERNON — A judge has rejected a request by convicted home invasion killer Steven Hayes to drop his remaining appeals and proceed to execution.

The Hartford Courant reports that a Superior Court judge in Rockville denied Hayes’ request for a writ of habeas corpus Wednesday. Hayes says his imprisonment is illegal because delays in his mandatory appeal of his convictions to the state Supreme Court aren’t allowing him to be put to death.

Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky are on death row for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, ages 11 and 17, at the family’s home in Cheshire, after having terrorized them for hours. Hawke-Petit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, survived.

Hayes, who has tried to commit suicide in prison, represented himself in the habeas corpus case.