- FUN FEATURES
Over six days, more than 100 prospective jurors came and went through New Haven Superior Court for the triple murder trial of Steven Hayes.
As of Wednesday, three people had been selected.
A writer from New Haven, who was out of the country at the time of the July 2007 Petit family murders, was chosen on Jan. 20, the second day of jury selection.
On Monday afternoon, a middle aged East Haven women was selected as the second juror. On Tuesday, a female analyst with the Department of Environmental Protection was chosen to sit on the jury. The names of the jurors will not be published in The Cheshire Herald due to the high profile nature of the case.
For the trial, 12 jurors, six alternates, and two backups will be selected. Court officials believe the selection of 20 jurors could take up to six months. Hayes' trial won't begin until Sept. 13, at the earliest.
During jury selection, the prosecution and defense can dismiss a potential juror, without cause, using a peremptory challenge. Each side received 36 challenges at the start of the process. Through Jan. 26, the defense has used six challenges, while the prosecution has used two.
Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky are being held for the murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her two children, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. Dr. William Petit was beaten but survived the July 23, 2007 home invasion. Both men were arrested after allegedly fleeing the Petits’ Sorghum Mill Drive home and face the death penalty, if found guilty of capital felony murder.
Hayes will be tried later this year, with Komisarjevsky going to trial sometime in 2011.
Officials refused to comment on the jury selection process, citing a gag order that was imposed in 2007.