Psychiatrist testifies in home invasion case

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))

October 28, 2010 8:46:10 AM PDT
A psychiatrist says that a Connecticut man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion told him he raped the woman after he strangled her.

Dr. Eric Goldsmith testified for a second day Thursday in New Haven Superior Court during the punishment phase of Steven Hayes' trial as a jury considers whether he should get the death penalty.

Other witnesses said during the earlier phase of the trial that Hayes confessed to raping and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit in her Cheshire home. Prosecutors said her daughters died of smoke inhalation after the housee was set on fire by Hayes and a co-defendant.

Hayes was convicted earlier this month of killing Hawke-Petit, 17-year-old Hayley Petit and 11-year-old Michaela Petit.


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