Jury sends first note in Conn. home invasion case
A Connecticut jury deciding whether a man should get the death penalty for killing a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion asked its first questions Wednesday as jurors sough guidance on how to weigh his role against that of his accomplice.
The jury, its third day of deliberations, asked if that argument is satisfied for one of six capital felony counts if Komisarjevsky played a relatively minor role in only one of the three killings. The judge said yes.
Jurors also asked how to determine if Komisarjevsky played a minor role in the mother's death. Hayes was convicted of strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and the jurors asked if they should only take into account the strangulation or actions leading up to her death.
Judge Jon Blue referred jurors back to their guilt finding, in which they determined Komisarjevsky intentionally aided Hayes in causing her death during the kidnapping. He said jurors must determine if Komisarjevsky played a relatively minor role in helping Hayes in causing her death during the kidnapping.