A man convicted of capital murder in a deadly 2007 Connecticut home invasion has attempted suicide several times since his arrest, and wants to receive the death penalty, a forensic psychiatrist testified Wednesday.
In March, Steven Hayes told a psychologist that he no longer wanted to commit suicide, "but intended to let the state do it," said Paul Amble, an assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. Amble was asked by Judge Jon Blue to evaluate Hayes to determine if he was competent to stand trial.
Hayes, 47, was convicted earlier this month of 16 of the 17 charges against him - including nine counts of murder and capital murder and four counts of kidnapping - in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit.
Prosecutors allege Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky invaded the Petit home, beat Jennifer Hawke-Petit's husband bloody, strangled Hawke-Petit, set the house afire and tried to flee. The crime shocked the well-to-do New Haven suburb of Cheshire and drew national attention.