The 12-member jury in the Steven Hayes death-penalty case had to consider a number of factors before agreeing to sentence Hayes to death. These documents shows the results of their deliberations on each of six counts that carried the death penalty. The factors the jurors considered were:
1. Where there were a statutory mitigating factors.
If at least one is found, death penalty cannot be imposed. If none found, proceed to Step 2. These are the factors under consideration:
a. (all counts) Impaired mental capacity
b. (all counts) Impaired ability to conform conduct to law
c. (certain counts only) Could not have reasonably foreseen conduct would pose grave risk of causing death
3. Whether there were non-statutory mitigating factors.
If none is found, defendant is sentenced to death. If at least one found, proceed to Step 4.
a. These are factors that, "in fairness and mercy," tend to extenuate or reduce culpability or blame. Can arise from defendant's character, background or history, or from the crime itself.
4. Whether aggravating factors outweigh the nonstatutory mitigating factors. If they do, defendant is sentenced to death. If not, the sentence is life in prison without possibility of release.
Hayes Verdict Forms: 4th Count
Hayes Verdict Forms: 5th Count
Hayes Verdict Forms: 10th Count
Hayes Verdict Forms: 11th Count
Hayes Verdict Forms: 12th Count
Hayes Verdict Forms: 14th Count