HARTFORD - (AP) - A Connecticut judge has rejected defense lawyers' request to throw out a jury's verdict to condemn a man a death for the killings of a woman and her two daughters during ahome invasion.

Lawyers for Steven Hayes had argued that the jury was undulyswayed by emotion after hearing and seeing gruesome testimonyduring the trial. Jurors condemned Hayes to death on Nov. 8.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue on Friday denied defenselawyers' motion seeking a new trial, new penalty phase hearing or asentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole,saying the jury wasn't "driven by passion and prejudice."

Hayes' public defender didn't immediately return a message. Another defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky,is set to go on trial next year for the Cheshire killings.