Jury Deliberations to Begin in Conn. Killings

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut judge has begun giving instructions to the jury in the case of a man charged in the home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters in 2007.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue started jury instructions Monday morning in the trial of Steven Hayes, who's facing 17 charges including capital felony, murder and sexual assault.

Deliberations are expected to begin later in the day. The 12 jurors heard eight days of testimony. Jennifer

Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, were killed at their Cheshire home, and Hawke-Petit's husband, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but survived Hayes and a second suspect, Joshua Komisarjevsky, who awaits trial, face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted.

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