Conn. judge hears arguments on death penalty cost

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 11:41 AM
Conn. judge hears arguments on death penalty cost

Attorneys for a man convicted of murdering a woman and her two daughters in a Connecticut home invasion have argued that they should be allowed to bring up the cost of executions when jurors consider whether to impose the death penalty.

Judge Jon Blue did not make an immediate decision after Wednesday's hearing in New Haven Superior Court.

Attorneys for Steven Hayes filed court papers saying they intend to call an expert who would testify that carrying out a death sentence far exceeds the cost of a life sentence.

Prosecutors say the cost is irrelevant to whether Hayes should receive the death penalty.

A jury last week convicted Hayes of the killings in Cheshire in 2007. The same jurors will begin hearing evidence Oct. 18 to decide his punishment. They will weigh mitigating and aggravating factors.