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Judge: Home invasion death sentence is fair

November 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Connecticut judge has ruled a jury was fair in condemning a man to death for the killings of a woman and her two daughters during a home invasion.Lawyers for Steven Hayes had argued the verdict be tossed out, claiming the jury was unduly swayed by emotion after hearing and seeing gruesome testimony during the trial.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue on Friday denied defense lawyers' motion seeking a new trial, new penalty phase hearing or a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The judge says the jury wasn't "driven by passion and prejudice." Public defender Thomas Ullmann says he believes the same issues will come up on appeal.

Hayes was condemned to death on Nov. 8 for the brutal 2007 killings.

Another defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, is set to go on trial next year for the killings in the town of Cheshire.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.