Petit Family -- William, Jennifer, Hayley & Michaela - Father Beaten, Wife & Daughters Murdered 7/23/07

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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:42 pm

This is one of the cases currently being discussed on truTV. It is a horrific story of a family destroyed. Steven Hayes, 47, and Joshua Komisarjevsky, 30, have been charged with the murders. The trial being discussed on truTV is Steven Hayes. Apparently the trial of Komisarjevsky will not happen for another year.

Connecticut massacre: Father's agony as court is shown harrowing pictures of scene of wife and daughters' murders

By Daniel Bates
Last updated at 1:07 PM on 17th September 2010


Unbearable: Dr William Petit, the father whose family were massacred in his own home in 2007, looks heartbroken outside court in Connecticut on the first day of the trial on September 13

The father whose family were raped and murdered in his own home turned away in court yesterday when photos of the crime scene were shown to the jury.

Dr William Petit kept his head facing down at all times to avoid pictures of the charred ropes the killers used to tie his daughter Michaela to the bed where she burned to death.

Other pictures were of a ripped T-shirt and partially burned shorts belonging to the 11-year-old and fragments of shorts worn by sister Hayley, 17.

They and their mother Jennifer Hawke-Petit, died when a blaze swept through their house in suburban Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Two men - Steven Hayes, 47, and Joshua Komisarjevsky, 30 - are said to have strangled and raped Mrs Hawke-Petit and tied up her girls before setting the place on fire.

Hayes is currently on trial and Komisarjevsky will face a jury afterwards. Both could face the death penalty if convicted.

Dr Petit had wept openly in court when harrowing pictures of his girls’ blackened bodies were show to the jury earlier this week.

On the second day of such evidence, he decided the only way he could stay in the courtroom was not to look, so stared at the floor throughout.

The photos made clear that his once been a peaceful family home was ruined - picture after picture showed burned staircases and hallways and walls scarred black by smoke.

Prosecutors also showed photographs of a pickup truck they say was driven by Hayes that held items from the alleged burglary, including a purple knapsack embroidered with Hayley's name, a string of pearls in a plastic shopping bag and other jewelry.


Tragic: Dr William Petit is the only surviving member of his family. He managed to escape death by managing to free himself from being tied up in the basement


Brave: Mother-of-two Jennifer Hawke-Petit seen in a bank CCTV image withdrawing $15,000 in the hope that the kidnappers wouldn't hurt her family. Less than an hour later she and her daughters were dead

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1312735/Dr-William-Petits-agony-Connecticut-family-massacre-pictures-shown-court.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz10NJQcRIC


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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:44 pm

Dr. William Petit Takes the Stand, Tells of His Family's Slaughter
Pleasant Day Ends With Rapes, Beating, Two Men Setting Conn. Home Ablaze

By ANDREA CANNING, DAVID MUIR, SARAH NETTER and LEE KAMLET
Sept. 14, 2010



In dramatic testimony, a prominent Connecticut doctor described how he was beaten in his sleep and woke up face-to-face with two men who sexually assaulted, tortured and killed his wife and two daughters in a brutal home invasion.

Dr. William Petit, who took the stand Tuesday at the trial of one of the men accused of murdering his family, was the sole survivor of the 2007 attack. He told the court for the first time how Steven Hayes, along with co-defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky, allegedly broke into his Cheshire home, raped his wife and one of his daughters and set the house on fire.

After describing a pleasant Sunday leading up to the murder, Petit then told of a night of horror, beginning with the severe beating he suffered as he slept.

He said that around 3 a.m., "I remember I awoke in a daze thinking or feeling ow, ow, ow. ... Something warm was running down the front of my face. ... I saw two people standing in front of the sofa. ... (a) person who was walking said if he moves put two bullets in him."

Petit said the men bound his wrists and ankles with rope and plastic ties, and covered his face, then took him down to the basement, where they tied him to a pole. He said he went in and out of consciousness.

Upstairs in the house were Petit's wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and the couple's two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

"I heard moaning and thumps. I may have yelled out, 'Hey!' Then he said he heard someone upstairs say, 'You are alright, don't worry it's going to be all over in a couple minutes.' It was a different tone, it was much more sinister," he testified.

Petit said he did not know the fate of his wife and daughters, but said he heard his wife in the kitchen tell one of the attackers she needed to change clothes and get a checkbook. She went to a local bank early that Monday morning and withdrew $15,000.


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/dr-william-petit-testifies-trial-familys-alleged-murderer/story?id=11633236

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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:50 pm

Justice at long last looming in family slaughter

By MICHAEL BENSON Post Correspondent
Last Updated: 10:50 AM, September 13, 2010
Posted: 5:21 AM, September 13, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- One of the savages who slaughtered the wife and daughters of a prominent Connecticut doctor as they slept in their home finally goes on trial today for the monstrous crime that stunned the nation and left people wondering whether anyone is safe anywhere.

The victims were an ideal family.

Dr. William Petit Jr., the only survivor, is a respected endocrinologist.

Killed in cold blood were his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, who suffered from multiple sclerosis and worked with organizations fighting the disease, and their daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.


HORROR: The Petits -- (from left) Hayley, Michaela and parents Jennifer and William -- were savagely attacked at their Connecticut home by Steven Hayesand Joshua Komisarjevsky

Hayley was an aspiring doctor who was headed to her dad's alma mater, Dartmouth, while Michaela, a vivacious youngster, loved to cook -- and prepared the last meal her mother and sister ever ate.

The killers were both lowlifes who had been paroled multiple times despite having spent years behind bars. Neither had been convicted of a violent crime.

Steven J. Hayes will be tried first. His accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, the adopted son of a prominent theatrical family whose roots trace back to Russia, will go on trial afterward.

The killers, who had been out hunting for prey, had spotted the victims by chance.

Jennifer and Michaela had decided to shop at their local supermarket in Cheshire, on the morning of July 22, 2007. It was there that Komisarjevsky noticed them and followed them to their Chrysler Pacifica.

He was "attracted to the car," Dr. Petit's brother, Glenn, told The Associated Press shortly after the crime.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/justice_at_long_last_looming_in_OM6jQdyISUGkIvq9O3ud0J#ixzz10NNErohz


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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:53 pm

These are the killers:


Steven Hayes (left) Joshua Komisarjevsky (right)

Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes

~ Snipped ~

On July 23rd, at 2 in the morning, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were out on parole after serving time for burglary. They reported to a parole officer on a weekly basis and both had full-time jobs.

On July 23rd, at 3 in the morning, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes kicked in the door to the Petit residence, expecting to do a quick burglary job and split the proceeds.

The problem was, the Petit family was home at the time.

The two career felons beat down Dr. Petit, giving him head injuries that would send him to the hospital.

Steven Haynes tied up and raped Mrs. Petit. Joshua Komisarjevsky tied up the two girls and raped little 11-year-old Michaela Petit.[/i]

Read more: http://pysih.com/2007/08/08/joshua-komisarjevsky-and-steven-hayes/


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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:11 pm

~ Snipped from the NY Post article and bolded by me ~

Both Hayes, 47, and Komisarjevsky, 30, have offered to plead guilty in return for life sentences.

But prosecutors are demanding the death penalty, which requires a trial be held. The jurors must first determine guilt, then punishment.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/justice_at_long_last_looming_in_OM6jQdyISUGkIvq9O3ud0J#ixzz10NSx7FKi

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Post by Justice4all on Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:09 pm

I don't blame prosecutors for demanding the death penalty. These two thugs showed a total disregard for human life and committed almost every crime in the book while raping, torturing, and murdering the Petit family.

I hope the dismissed juror who said he was confused by the presentation of the state’s case and bewildered by what seems to be a lack of preparation on their part is incorrect. The Petit family desperately needs justice and deserves to have the state at the top of their game while presenting this case.

I pray that Dr. Petit can find the strength to get through this and one day lead a halfway normal life.
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Post by Julie on Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:15 pm

I've been reading this case throughout the week at 48 Hours/Crimesider, I feel so terribly awful for Dr. Petit. My heart goes out to him as he sits in that courtroom.

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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:41 pm

Petit Family Murder Trial: New Evidence, Testimony Paints Graphic Picture of Conn. Home Invasion

Posted by Edecio Martinez
September 23, 2010


Petit Family (Personal Photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS/AP) The detective who interviewed Steven Hayes after his arrest in a deadly Connecticut home invasion took the stand Wednesday, saying Hayes told him no one was supposed to get hurt.

PICTURES: Petit Family Murders


State police Detective Anthony Buglione said that Hayes, one of two suspects charged with the murder and sexual assault of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters on July 23, 2007, told police the original plan was to break into a home, tie the people up, steal their money and flee.

But then "things got out of control," Hayes allegedly told the detective.

Buglione testified that he interviewed Hayes the day of the crime and that he was emotionless and reeked of gasoline, according to CBS affiliate WFSB.

The detective testified that Hayes and his co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, hatched a plan to rob a home and ended up in a neighborhood in Cheshire, an affluent community in suburban New Haven.

The house they picked had a light on the rear porch, and police say Hayes told them they saw a man, Hawke-Petit's husband Dr. William Petit, sleeping on a couch on the porch. Komisarjevsky allegedly hit him four or five times with a baseball bat they found at the home.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20017372-504083.html

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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:53 pm

What a beautiful family... and what senseless, horrific deaths.



The Petit home after Hayes and Komisarjevsky set fire to it.



http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504083_162-10004906.html?tag=page

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Post by Snaz on Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:07 pm

For those who are interested, this link has complete coverage of the case:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8300-504083_162-504083.html?keyword=william+petit&tag=contentMain;contentBody

So sad....

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Post by Justice4all on Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:48 am

Connecticut Home Invasion Murder Trial: "Sad Day" as Medical Examiners Testify

September 24, 2010 1:02 PM
Caroline Black

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According to CBS affiliate WFSB, the medical examiners took the stand Thursday to explain to jurors how Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela died.

"I think we all knew the girls went through some really unpleasant things," Hawke-Petit's sister Cynthia Hawke-Renn told WFSB. "Didn't know all details, but we aren't surprised what the evidence shows. Just a sad day."


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20017539-504083.html
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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:15 am

OMG..... they just said on truTV that through testimony that has come out during the trial of Steven Hayes that Dr. Petit has had to learn two things about his 11 year old daughter.

1. Semen was found in her anal cavity.

2. Accelerant WAS poured over her body before she was set on fire... while she was still alive.

And that's just a tiny bit of the awful details Dr. Petit has has to hear about how his wife and two daughters were killed. Sad

Steven Hayes is charged with triple murder, rape, kidnapping, burglary and arson. His partner in crime, Joshua Komisarjevsky, is charged with the same crimes and will go on trial next year.

FYI..... both defendants asked if they could plead guilty in order to have the DP taken off the table, but the prosecution refused to accept that offer. They felt they wanted to go ahead with death penalty trials for both of the defendants. Good for them!!!!

This case just breaks my heart. The Petits were just a good, upstanding family in their own home, sleeping, in the middle of the night.... and these monsters broke in and did what they did to them. It's so scary to realize this kind of thing can happen to any of us.....

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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:27 am

Petit Foundation's Ride for Justice benefits worthy causes

Posted: September 27, 2010 at 10:20 AM ET

Cheshire, Connecticut – Led by a procession of state and local policemen, more than 2000 motorcycle riders poured into the back roads of Connecticut to support the inaugural Petit Family Foundation’s Ride for Justice on Sunday.

The foundation was created to carry on the legacies of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Petit, and Michaela Petit, who were killed in a tragic home invasion in 2007.

Dr. William Petit, the only survivor of the home invasion, thanked the participants for their support as he remembered his wife and daughters.

“The foundation’s mission statement is to remember Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela with idealism, activism and kindness that they stood for. You know, two women and one little girl without a… without a bad thought in their bodies. So… what you’re doing is the kind of thing they would have been doing on Saturday or a Sunday," said Dr. Petit.

According to event organizers, proceeds from the motorcycle ride, estimated at $65,000, will benefit a variety of causes, including programs for victims of violence, and chronic diseases, as well as educational programs, especially for young women in the sciences.


Read more: http://insession.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/27/petit-foundations-ride-for-justice-benefits-worthy-causes/

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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:32 am

Connecticut massacre: Defence lawyer's extraordinary attempt to offer 'solace' to family as he denies daughter was raped

By David Gardner
Last updated at 1:25 AM on 25th September 2010


Offering 'solace': Accused rapist and murderer
Joshua Komisarjevsky's lawyer has made an
extraordinary denial to reporters


A lawyer denied his client was responsible for rape yesterday in an extraordinary attempt to offer some ‘small solace’ to the devastated family of the Connecticut home invasion victims.

Defence attorney Jeremiah Donovan insisted that 29-year-old accused murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky did not rape eleven-year-old Michaela Petit during the horrendous attack.

But his claim flies in the face of forensic evidence presented to the murder trial in New Haven, Connecticut.

The gesture was also in direct contravention of a court-imposed gag order in the case.

It came at the end of a torrid week of evidence at the trial of 47-year-old Steven Hayes, who was Komisarjevsky’s alleged accomplice in the 2007 home raid.

Dr William Petit, the only survivor, heard how his wife and youngest daughter were brutally raped and then left to die after their house was set ablaze by the two intruders.

The pair were caught as they tried to flee the burning home. Although Dr Petit was badly beaten with a baseball bat he had managed to escape to sound the alarm.

Inside, Dr Petit’s wife, Jennifer, had been raped and strangled. The couple’s two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, had been tied to their beds, doused with petrol and burned alive.

Before the killings, the men had forced Mrs Hawke-Petit to withdraw $15,000 from her bank account with a promise that they would free the family if she cooperated.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1315088/Connecticut-massacre-Lawyer-says-Michaela-Petit-raped.html#ixzz10kCcNvqy

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:55 pm

After reading what this monster Komisarjevsky did to Michaela, it increases my understanding of why prosecutors refuse to settle for a life sentence in this case.

Why is Komisarjevsky's lawyer even commenting, especially in violation of a gag order, while Hayes' trial is still going? Is he setting the stage to get a potential death penalty conviction against Komisarjevsky overturned because of ineffective counsel.

Is Hayes' defense going to go the same route and waste time presenting theories that have been clearly debunked by forensic evidence? If that is the case, they should just rest their case immediately and wait for the penalty phase to stage a futile attempt at begging for this monster's life to be spared.
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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:19 pm

A Gagged Order

by Katie Rohner | Sep 26, 2010 3:03 pm


Jeremiah Donovan leaving the courthouse.

“We are deeply sympathetic to the sadness of the Petit family. Probably this is very small solace.”

Jeremiah Donovan shared this sentiment on Friday with the press. “Probably” turned out to be an understatement.

Donovan is the lawyer who will represent Joshua Komisarjevsky when he is tried for his role in the Cheshire triple murder case. The small solace Donovan was offering was his assurance that Michaela Petit had not been anally raped by his client the morning she died. Komisarjevsky, he told the press, only ejaculated on the young girl—and Donovan wants the family to believe this because his client said so.

Donovan made that statement outside the Church Street courthouse where his client’s alleged accomplice, Steven Hayes, in on trial for his role in the same crime, the 2007 Cheshire home invasion and murders of members of the Petit family.

Hayes is on trial for capital felony murder, arson, kidnapping, sexual assault, and other charges. Komisarjevsky will face the same charges next year.

On Friday, DNA experts and a fire marshal gave dramatic testimony during day seven of the Hayes trial. Forensic scientist John Schienman, discussed how DNA is analyzed to find consistencies in blood and seminal fluids taken from crime suspects and victims. He found DNA matching William Petit’s profile in blood samples taken from Komisarjevsky’s sweatshirt, the Petit basement, the garage floor of their neighbor, and a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Petit was beaten with the bat and tied to a basement pole during most of the ordeal. Hayes was found to be a “contributor” in a DNA sample taken from a vaginal swab of Jenniifer Hawke-Petit. He is accused of raping her.

Dononvan was concerned about the finding that Komisarjevsky was a contributor to DNA found on an anal swab of Michaela.
Donovan, a well-respected former federal prosecutor who once argued for the abolishment of the insanity defense, now defends those accused of crimes. He sits in Courtroom 6A every day observing testimony and taking notes, During the lunchtime break on Friday, he held an impromptu press conference on the courthouse steps to clear up the “mistaken impression” he felt the Petit family had about the true nature of Komisarjevsky’s sexual assault on 11-year-old Michaela. His extraordinary statement, which is premised on a detailed confession that “Josh” gave police on July 23, 2007, not only angered the Petit family and, seemingly, the lawyers on both sides of the Hayes case; it also mystified journalists, and appeared to violate a court-imposed gag order prohibiting such communications.


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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:22 pm

Heard this morning on truTV that the judge in this case has issued a order for Jeremiah Donovon to appear before him to show why he shouldn't have charges of contempt brought against him... what happens with Donovan completely disregarding the gag order should be interesting.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:29 pm

I didn't think the judge would overlook this. It definitely will be interesting to see what the consequences are for Donovan.
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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:35 pm

Home invasion attorney faces contempt

Updated: Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 12:35 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 27 Sep 2010, 12:35 PM EDT



New Haven, Conn. (AP) - An attorney for one of two Connecticut men charged with killing a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion is facing a criminal contempt of court hearing after speaking out about the case.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano on Monday ordered attorney Jeremiah Donovan to appear Oct. 6. Fasano said Donovan's statement Friday violated a court-imposed gag order and could prejudice the trials of both men.


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Post by FystyAngel on Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:37 pm

I saw this case on TV & just broke down in tears. What a horrible thing to have happen.

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Post by Snaz on Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:57 pm

Petit family wants attorney held in contempt of court for violating gag order

Published: Monday, September 27, 2010
By Randall Beach, Register Staff

NEW HAVEN —The Petit family and an attorney for Joshua Komisarjevsky, who is awaiting trial in the Cheshire triple homicide, issued dueling statements on the courthouse steps Friday, ending with the Petits calling for a contempt of court citation against the attorney.

Dr. William Petit Jr., the sole survivor of the July 2007 attack, and his sister, Johanna Chapman, criticized Jeremiah Donovan for apparently violating a court-imposed gag order.


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Post by Snaz on Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:40 pm

Correction Officer Says Hayes Admitted Killing Hawke-Petit; Testimony In Case Ends
Final Arguments Expected Later This Week

By ALAINE GRIFFIN, agriffin@courant.com
6:08 p.m. EDT, September 28, 2010

NEW HAVEN — Testimony in the Steven Hayes trial ended this afternoon, capping a busy day that included statements from a prison officer who said he overheard the defendant admit to killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit — but deny he ignited the fire that raced through the house.

Once the prosecution ended, defense lawyers put two witnesses on the stand, and then they, too, rested their case.

Wednesday, Judge Jon C. Blue will hold a hearing, without the jury present, to discuss his charge to the jury. Closing arguments are expected Friday.

Perhaps the most dramatic testimony today came from a prison officer at Northern Correction Institute who said that on July 5, 2008, he overheard Hayes talk about the home invasion.

Jeremiah Krob, a corrections officer, said he was on "continuous observation" of Hayes in front of cell 223, roughly 2 to 3 feet away, when he heard something.

Hayes was talking to another inmate, Vernon Cowan, through cracks in the door.

Krob testified that Hayes and Cowan were talking about whether a state police helicopter was following their transport vans to court. Krob said they asked him if that was true, and he said he didn't know.

Then the conversation turned to the crime at the Petit home. Hayes and Joshua Komarsijevsky are charged in the deaths of Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home July 23, 2007.


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Both Sides Rest In Cheshire Home Invasion Trial
Closing Arguments Expected This Week

POSTED: 7:48 am EDT September 28, 2010
UPDATED: 5:23 pm EDT September 28, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Prosecutors and defense attorneys rested their cases Tuesday in the trial of Steven Hayes, one of the two men accused in a deadly Cheshire home invasion in 2007.

Closing arguments in the trial could come as early as Thursday or Friday.

Hayes, who prosecutors call a 47-year-old career criminal, is the first of two men to be tried in connection with the 2007 attack in which Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, were killed.

First to take the stand Tuesday was Paul Makuc with the fire marshal's office. Makuc began his testimony last week.

Jeremiah Krob, a prison officer, testified on Tuesday that Hayes recounted that his co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, told him that he needed to kill Hawke-Petit.

Krob testified that Hayes said he didn't know if he could, but he did kill her when he saw police outside the Cheshire home.

Hayes told prosecutors he brought Hawke-Petit to the bank and when he returned he said Komisarkevsky had already sexually assaulted Michaela and ordered Hayes to kill Hawke-Petit.

But while that was going on, Dr. William Petit was able to escape out of a basement door after being tied to a pole in the basement.


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Post by FystyAngel on Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:11 pm

I saw the lawyer for one of the accused on HLN today. I got so angry, I HAD to turn off the TV for a little while. He ACTUALLY STATED that he didn't want the family of the 11 yr old to "think" that his client raped the girl anally! WTH? Like THAT really matters? She's dead. She was raped and she's dead. Her sister is dead and so is hermother. For God's sake, are some these people just completely stupid? How could he SAY THAT?

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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:37 pm

Closing arguments made in Conn. home invasion case

Oct 1, 2010 7:30pm



(NECN: Brian Burnell) - Prosecutors were granted extra time to make their closing arguments in the Cheshire, Connecticut home invasion murder trial of Steven Hayes. Hayes' attorneys argued that prosecutors never proved that the defendant intended to kill the Petits.

Was he a pawn or a willing participant? That is what the jury will have to decide about 47-year-old Steven Hayes. He is charged along with 30-year-old Joshua Komisarjevsky of invading the Cheshire, Connecticut home of Dr. William Petit in the early morning hours of July 23, 2007. Of beating Dr. Petit nearly to death, tieing him up and locking him in the basement. Of terrorizing his wife, Jennifer Hawk-Petit and daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, sexually assaulting Mrs. Petit and killing all three.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:40 pm

'House of Terror and Horror': Jury in Petit Murder Trial Hears Closing Arguments
Prosecutor Says Steven Hayes Could Have Walked Away; Defense Pins Blame on Joshua Komisarjevsky

By KAITLYN FOLMER and SARAH NETTER
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Oct. 1, 2010



In attempting to convince a jury that accused murderer Steven Hayes is guilty of slaughtering a woman and her two daughters during a brutal Connecticut home invasion, the prosecutor recounted how the family's home had been turned into a "house of terror and horror."

Both the prosecution and the defense completed their closing arguments today in the state's case against Hayes, 47, one of two men accused of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

Though the defense had attempted to separate Hayes from his co-defendant, 30-year-old Joshua Komisarjevsky, State's Attorney Michael Dearington told jurors that they could "count the opportunities that he had to walk away from this."

"He said, 'Things got out of control," Dearington said. "It wasn't things. It was them. They were out of control."

"What was a vibrant house of people at 9 o'clock became a house of terror and horror," Dearington said.

The trial was alternately gruesome and heartbreaking as the prosecution described, often in detail, how Hayes and Komisarjevsky broke into the Petit's upscale Cheshire home in July 2007 and held them captive for hours, eventually raping Hawke-Petit and Michaela, pouring gasoline in the bedrooms, and setting the house on fire with the family still inside.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:52 pm

Reporters from the New Haven Register have been tweeting live from the court room everyday during the trial. The jury starts deliberations Monday. The verdict will probably be posted on the New Haven Register Twitter page as soon as it is read.

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Post by Justice4all on Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:39 pm

Hayes Had Chances To Alter Outcome Of Home Invasion
'Count The Opportunities He Had To Walk Away From This,' A Prosecutor Said

Helen Ubiñas
4:42 p.m. EDT, October 2, 2010

During closing arguments in the Steven Hayes trial on Friday, prosecutors suggested someone could have changed the outcome of the now notorious 2007 Cheshire home invasion and murders.

And hasn't that been at the heart of this chilling crime all along – the haunting what ifs, the gut-wrenching if onlys, the maddening missed moments that could have changed everything?

Earlier in the trial, defense lawyers painted a picture of a confused, chaotic and delayed police response that made it impossible not to wonder what could have been if police had responded differently.

Friday, it was New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington who suggested there were plenty of opportunities to stop the madness.

But it wasn't police he pointed to. It was Hayes.

"Count the opportunities he had to walk away from this," Dearington told jurors.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:04 pm

Conn. prison inmates have choice of violent books

PAT EATON-ROBB
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October 03, 2010 1:08 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Inmates in Connecticut prisons have access to true crime books and works of fiction that depict murder and graphic violence, with no apparent restrictions based on a reader's criminal history, according to a review of the prison library system by The Associated Press.

"In Cold Blood," about a 1959 killing in Kansas, is available in at least two Connecticut prisons, including one where a man on trial for a similar 2007 home invasion in Cheshire had served time. Prisons spokesman Brian Garnett said talking about book policies would violate a gag order in the case.

Before the trial began, lawyers for Steven Hayes, who was incarcerated at 17 prisons before the Cheshire crime, filed a motion asking a judge to bar as evidence the names of several books that Hayes read behind bars. The judge never ruled because prosecutors said they would not raise the issue during his trial, for which deliberations begin Monday.


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Post by Snaz on Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:36 pm

FYI..... the jury is a little more than one hour into deliberations.

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Post by Estee on Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:01 pm

All the evidence was overwhelming and gruesome...I don't think they will be out very long...
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:29 pm

It shouldn't be too long, but they have a lot of evidence to go through and 17 different counts to deliberate on. They also have a lot of voting to do.

Here are a couple tweets from the The New Haven Register twitter page.

Defense requests that judge clarify w/ jury that they must vote unanimous separately on EACH count. Judge says "superfluous" but ok.
If we don't hear from jury by 4:30 with verdict and it's not imminent we recess till tomorrow.
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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:11 pm

I remember when these horrific murders first unfolded in the news. People were questioning why the husband was the only one to make it out alive, at first. Stephen Hayes was certainly no pawn in this, he was a very willing participant in every aspect of the torture this poor family suffered. How could anything less than the death penalty be considered for either of these evil beasts?

My heart goes out to this husband and father. I don't know how he's been able to sit thru this trial and learn even more gruesome detail on what happened to his beautiful wife and lovely, innocent daughters.
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:25 pm

Piper I agree and it seems the state does too. IIRC, both killers were willing to plead guilty for life without parole, but prosecutors insisted on having a trial and going for the death penalty.
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:27 pm

Another update from The New Haven Register twitter page:

While Twitter was down: Jury wanted transcript of Detective Buglione's testimony, judge called court back to session...judge said no transcript, but can re-read it to you, take about 45 min. Jury then decided to drop it, went back to deliberation.
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:41 pm

There will be no verdict today. Deliberations continue tomorrow.

Here is the latest from The New Haven Register twitter page:

Oh dear, jury sends a note to judge.
Note was ? About definition of starting a fire. Is pouring gas considered starting fire.
Judge and attorneys agree pouring gas not considered starting fire.
On recess till tomorrow morning where deliberation will continue on 17 counts against #Hayes.
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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:56 pm

Steven Hayes Jurors End Deliberations For Day, To Return Tuesday Morning

By ALAINE GRIFFIN
5:04 p.m. EDT, October 4, 2010

 

NEW HAVEN — The Steven Hayes jury ended its first few hours of deliberations this afternoon without reaching a verdict and will return to Superior Court Tuesday morning.

The jury finished deliberations for the day shortly after 4:30 p.m. but not before sending a note asking for the definition of "start of a fire."

Judge Jon C. Blue referred them to the charge instructions.

They also asked, "Is the pouring of gas starting a fire?"

No, Blue said.

The 12-member jury began deliberating shortly after 2 p.m. after detailed instructions from the judge.


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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 04, 2010 7:03 pm

I don't think there is any doubt that Hayes will be found guilty of most if not all charges. The only reason it is taking this long is because the jury has 17 counts to sort through and each count requires a unanimous vote for Hayes to be found guilty on that particular count.
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Post by Snaz on Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:17 pm

I agree, J4A.... although I have a little bit of a problem with the judge telling the jury that pouring the gasoline is not the same thing as starting the fire. WTH do you expect will happen when you pour gasoline on a little girl as she lay tied to her bed??????

I have a feeling the jury may not convict him of the arson charge..... just a feeling.

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Post by FystyAngel on Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:58 pm

I don't doubt he'll be convicted either...it's just a matter of which charges & how many. He's admitted to killing the mom. I would hope that alone will not allow him to see the light of day, ever again.

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Post by Snaz on Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:36 pm

Verdict has been reached.....

Stay tuned!!!!

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Post by Snaz on Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:41 pm

GUILTY........ ON 16 OF 17 COUNTS!!!!

Count One: Guilty

Count Two: Guilty

Count Three: Guilty

County Four: Guilty

Count Five: Guilty

Count Six: Guilty

Count Seven: Guilty

Count Eight: Guilty

Count Nine: Guilty

Count Ten: Guilty

Count Eleven: Guilty

Count Twelve: Guilty

Count Thirteen: Guilty

Count Fourteen: Guilty

Count Fifteen: Guilty

Count Sixteen: NOT Guilty - That's the arson charge.

Count Seventeen: Guilty


Penalty phase will begin on Monday, October 18.


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Post by Piper on Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:41 pm

The sadistic acts of this monster proves he has no regard for life at all. If ever a crime cried out for the death penalty, it is this one.

One down, one more worthless POS to go.........

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Post by Justice4all on Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:35 pm

William Petit thanks jurors in Cheshire home invasion case

Oct 5, 2010 1:51pm



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Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the Cheshire, Connecticut home invasion, says there is some relief, but the guilty verdict does not bring back his family, or the home they had.

Petit thanked the jurors for their careful consideration of the charges, and urged them to "use the same diligence and clarity of thought" when deciding Hayes' penalty.


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Post by Justice4all on Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:08 pm

Could Connecticut home-invasion killer escape execution?

Article published October 06, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — It was a crime tailor-made for arguments in favor of the death penalty: A career criminal participates in a night of unfathomable cruelty and terror that leaves a woman and her two young daughters dead in the smoldering ruins of their suburban home.

But there’s a chance Steven Hayes, convicted this week in the shocking 2007 home invasion, could slip past the execution chamber. His attorney, Tom Ullmann, managed to spare another Connecticut man the death penalty in 2004 after he was convicted of fatally stabbing a woman and her two young children in their sleep for drug money.

“He’s really great,” said Georgianna Mills, whose son Jonathan was convicted of those killings in Guilford. “He did everything he had to do to get Jon off. I think he convinced the jury it was all because of the drugs.”

The jury concluded that Mills’ difficult childhood and remorse outweighed his horrific acts. They also went light on him because of his history of drug abuse, something that Hayes, 47, reportedly has in common and that is likely to be brought up in sentencing arguments.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:28 pm

If this case doesn't scream for the death penalty, Connecticut might as well just go ahead and remove the DP as a option in any case, EVER. Because they don't get any more heinous than this one!!!!

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Connecticut Murder Suspect's Ex-Girlfriend Speaks Out

ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 10/6/2010



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Caroline Mesel fears she may have been the unwitting motive for the home invasion. Her family moved to Arkansas while they were dating, and she says Komisarjevsky was desperate to raise $15,000 to bring her back to Connecticut to start a new life together.

"He's like, 'I would even rob a bank, you know, to get the money for you,' " said Mesel.

INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd asked, "He actually said, 'I may even rob a bank to try and get the money to get you back'?"

"Yes," said Mesel.

Just hours before the murders, she posted a video on Youtube for Komisarjevsky, singing about how much she missed him.

He promised her he would raise the money.

$15,000 is exactly the amount a terrified Jennifer Petit was forced to withdraw from her bank while her family was being held hostage.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:38 pm

Connecticut man won't testify at sentencing of family's killer

By The CNN Wire Staff
October 8, 2010 8:24 p.m. EDT



(CNN) -- A Connecticut man whose wife and two daughters were murdered in a 2007 home invasion will not testify at the sentencing of the convicted killer, he said Friday.

Dr. William Petit has "regretfully decided" against testifying because he said Connecticut's law on victim impact statements is unclear and could provide convicts with grounds to appeal their sentences.

Announcing his decision in a statement Friday, Petit urged Connecticut's General Assembly to "promptly amend the law to guarantee ... the right of surviving family members of capital murder victims to present victim impact statements" at sentencing.

On Tuesday, a jury convicted 47-year-old Steven Hayes of capital murder in the deaths of Petit's family members. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.


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Post by Justice4all on Fri Oct 08, 2010 10:45 pm

Convicted murderer argues life cheaper than death

Posted: 6:48 PM Oct 8, 2010

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man convicted of murdering a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion will try to avoid the death penalty by arguing that executions cost taxpayers more than life sentences.

Attorneys for Steven Hayes filed papers Friday in New Haven Superior Court saying they intend to call an expert who would testify that carrying out a death sentence far exceeds the cost of a life sentence.


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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 18, 2010 2:43 pm

Defense opens in Conn. home invasion penalty phase

Monday October 18 2010
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A defense witness says a Connecticut man facing a possible death sentence in a fatal home invasion had a non-violent criminal past and was "a follower."

D'Arcy Lovetere (DAHR'-see LOVE'-tehr), a former court employee and investigator from Steven Hayes' hometown, testified Monday in New Haven Superior Court as a jury begins considering his punishment. Hayes' defense lawyer said he will show his client was affected by drug use and influenced by his co-defendant, who is being tried next year.

The prosecution rested its case Monday after calling a court clerk to describe Hayes' long record of burglary convictions. Prosecutor Michael Dearington said the jurors, who convicted Hayes, have already heard the gruesome nature of the attacks that killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in 2007.


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