The man who killed two sisters and their mother during a 2007 home invasion in Connecticut would suffer more if sentenced to life in prison than if put to death, his lawyer told jurors Thursday.
"Life in prison without the possibility of release is the harshest penalty," said Steven Hayes' attorney, Tom Ullmann. "It is a fate worse than death."
Ullmann then had his 47-year-old client stand directly in front of the jury, put his hand on Hayes' shoulder and said to the five men and seven women, "He isn't a rabid dog that needs to be put to death. He has lost 80 pounds. He will never have a private bath. He goes to the bathroom in public. He will never eat a dinner that he makes but one that they provide. He has a rec cage for an hour a day. Like an animal at the zoo."
As he stood, Hayes - who did not testify during the trial - looked down at the floor.