Hayes’ Attorneys Ask for Sentencing Delay


Attorneys for convicted murderer Steven Hayes have asked a judge to postpone sentencing for their client, as well as to dismiss one of the convictions against him.

Hayes was sentenced to death Nov. 8 for the 2007 home invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

In motions filed in court Tuesday, Thomas Ullman asked the judge to set aside the jury's guilty verdict in count 17 of the case, the assault on Dr. William Petit during the home invasion.

Ullman claims the evidence showed Hayes was outside the home at the time of the assault, which the attorney says was committed by Joshua Komisarjevsky.

"The evidence clearly establishes that Steven Hayes was outside the residence during co-defendant's physical assault of Dr. William Petit and that the assault was completed prior to the defendant being let into the home by the co-defendant," the motion read.

Ullman wants to delay the scheduled Dec. 2 sentencing to investigate whether Hayes' federal and state constitutional rights to a fair trial were violated.

Among the reasons in the motion, the attorney suggests media coverage of the trial, including "Tweeters" from inside the courtroom, may have affected the jury's decision.

The motion also claims the attention the case received during the senate campaigns of Richard Blumenthal and Linda McMahon, as well as the gubernatorial campaigns of Dan Malloy and Tom Foley may have swayed jurors opinions about the case.

Ullman says his investigation will likely lead to further litigation on some of these matters. He's asked the judge to delay sentencing until Feb. 2, 2011.

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