Defendant in Conn. killings wants closed courtroom

This inmate photo released by the Connecticut Department of Correction shows Steven Hayes, convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters during a home invasion in Cheshire, Conn., in 2007. ((AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction))

June 26, 2010 10:46:15 AM PDT
Lawyers for a man charged in the 2007 home invasion killings of a Connecticut woman and her daughters want the courtroom closed to the public during some pretrial arguments.

Steven Hayes' attorneys are asking a New Haven Superior Court judge to close the courtroom during arguments on whether to suppress statements Hayes allegedly made implicating himself, and on whether to not admit into evidence a list of books Hayes read in prison before the killings.

Hayes' lawyers say the books' plots are "salacious" and "criminally malevolent."

A hearing on the motions is scheduled for Tuesday.

Hayes and another man, Joshua Komisarjevsky, are charged in the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, ages 11 and 17.

Hayes' trial is set to begin Sept. 13.