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Cheshire killer: ‘I just snapped’

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SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — One of two men sentenced to death for a 2007 triple murder home invasion in Connecticut says no one was supposed to get hurt and he “just snapped.”

Steven Hayes recently gave an hour-long interview to the New Haven Register. The newspaper published his comments in Sunday’s editions (http://bit.ly/17LzJpc ).

Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEF’-skee) have been sentenced to lethal injection for the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their home in suburban Cheshire.

Hayes tells the Register he started to “lose it” when Komisarjevsky told him he sexually assaulted 11-year-old Michaela. Hayes says he then looked out the window, saw an unmarked police car and “snapped.” Prosecutors say Hayes strangled and sexually assaulted Hawke-Petit.

Both men have blamed each other for escalating the crime.



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