Medical Error Might Have Contributed to Hayes’ OD

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Steven Hayes, one of the suspects on trial for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in 2007, might have been able to overdose on medication because it wasn't given to him in the right form,  the New Haven Register reports.

Hayes was found unconscious in his cell at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield on Jan. 31 and was taken to the hospital before being returned to the prison 48 hours later.

Hayes was taking Thorazine and Klonopin and pison officials suspected him of hoarding the drugs, so they changed the form of the drug over to liquid, the newspaper reports. 

A source told the Register that prison medical personnel failed to mix the crushed pills in the liquid, so he was still able to hoard the drug powder.

Jury selection has been suspended in the Hayes trial for the past two weeks, because of the overdose.  Defense attorneys and prosecution are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss Hayes' medical condition, the Register reports.

So far, four jurors have been picked for the trial, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 13.

The trial for Joshua Komisarjevsky, also accused in the killings, is scheduled to begin sometime next year.

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