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US murder suspect's lawyer opposes guilty plea

US murder suspect's lawyer opposes guilty plea

An attorney for a man who wants to plead guilty to charges in the home invasion killings of a Connecticut mother and her two daughters has filed court papers opposing the move, saying his client is driven by a desire to die.
Steven Hayes told a judge last week he wants to plead guilty. His lawyer argued Monday that Hayes, who could face the death penalty, is seeking "suicide by state" and is not competent to make such a decision.
A hearing will be held Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court.
Hayes made his statement after state experts said he was competent to stand trial. Defense lawyers have been concerned about Hayes' mental state since he tried to kill himself in prison Jan. 30.


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:39 GMT+08:00