Dr.: Conn. home invasion defendant tried suicide

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FILE - In this file photo provided by the Connecticut State Police, Steven Hayes is shown. A judge has set court sessions over two weeks for presenting evidence to a jury that will decide life-or-death punishment for Hayes, who was convicted in three home invasion killings. New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue said at a hearing Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 he expects the jury could begin deliberations on punishment for Steven Hayes by Nov. 1.  (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)
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FILE - In this file photo provided by the Connecticut State Police, Steven Hayes is shown. A judge has …

A psychiatrist says the Connecticut man convicted in a deadly home invasion told him he wanted to take the stand and encourage a jury to give him the death sentence.

Yale psychiatrist Dr. Paul Amble testified Wednesday before a New Haven jury considering punishment for Steven Hayes. Hayes was convicted two weeks ago of killing of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, at their Cheshire home in 2007.

Amble also says Hayes repeatedly tried to kill himself after the crime because of guilt, remorse and a fear of being isolated in prison. He said Hayes made several suicide attempts, overdosing on prescribed medication.

The doctor says Hayes wanted to "look like a monster" in front of jurors by expressing no remorse.

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