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Old 01-20-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default The Petit Family (Conneticut) July 2007

Doctor's Family Killed In Fire, Home Invasion

Police Arrest Two People Seen Fleeing

POSTED: 12:06 pm EDT July 23, 2007
UPDATED: 11:18 am EDT July 24, 2007



CHESHIRE, Conn. -- A prominent doctor's wife and two daughters died in a fire that police said was ignited after a home invasion early Monday morning.Investigators told Eyewitness News they believe a home invasion robbery took place at about 3 a.m. at the home of Dr. William Petit Jr. Police said they believe the assailants set the house on fire before leaving the scene.Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Leon Collins reported Petit lived in the home with his wife and two daughters. Collins said a fire caused extensive damage inside the house and the charred remains of the fire could be seen from the street through the upstairs window of the house in the 300 block of Sorgum Mill Drive.Eyewitness News has learned that the three people killed in the incident were the doctor's wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, a nurse at Cheshire Academy, and the couple's two daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding their deaths.St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury told Eyewitness News Monday afternoon that Dr. Petit was being treated at the hospital and is listed in stable condition.Authorities surrounded the home after a woman was taken by one of the suspects to a bank and made a withdrawal around 9:30 a.m., police said. The woman was able to communicate to the teller that she and her family were being held hostage in their home, authorities said. The teller contacted police.Police said officers arrested two people before they were able to escape the neighborhood."(They were) apprehended down the street. When they left, they apparently set the house ablaze," Cheshire police Lt. Jay Markella said.Police said the suspects rammed one cruiser, went down the street and smashed into two others."In Cheshire we're not used to this type of event," Cheshire Police Chief Michael Cruess said. "It's a very unfortunate, tragic event that's probably going to reach right down to the core of the community."School: Daughter Planned To Attend Dartmouth

Hayley Petit recently graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington and planned to attend Dartmouth College next month, Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Jamie Roth reported.Roth reported that Hayley Petit was the co-editor in chief of her school newspaper, the co-captain of her crew team as well as a member of the basketball and cross country teams.

fficials at Miss Porter's School told Eyewitness News that she also ran a charity called Hayley's Hope which raised over $50,000 to fight multiple sclerosis. Roth reported that she planned to hand the charity over to her younger sister, Michaela.The head of the school e-mailed alumni of the school to inform them of the death of Hayley and her sister and mother.Hayley, the letter said, was loved by all students and teachers and her family was exceptionally involved, wonderful members of the Miss Porter's community.Dr. Petit and his wife were married for 22 years.Community Mourns Doctor's Family

William Petit Jr., 50, is an endocrinologist and the medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate at The Hospital of Central Connecticut."All of us at the Hospital of Central Connecticut are shocked and saddened by these tragic events," said Laurence A. Tanner, the president of the hospital. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Petit as he attempts to recover from this unfathomable occurrence. We cannot express the depth of our sorrow."The medical examiner's office told Eyewitness News that autopsies are planned for Tuesday.The state police major crimes unit has responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
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Profile: Joshua Komisarjevsky

Police: Similarities Link Burglary In Several Towns

POSTED: 1:27 pm EDT July 24, 2007
UPDATED: 5:34 pm EDT July 27, 2007
CHESHIRE, Conn. -- The younger of two men facing a number of charges in the deaths of a prominent doctor's family was adopted by a religious couple from whom he grew estranged, according to a relative.On Monday, police arrested Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, of Cheshire, and Steve Hayes, 44, of Winsted in connection with the deaths of the wife and two daughters of Dr. William Petit Jr. State police first announced on Tuesday the charges filed against Komisarjevsky and added charges of capital felony murder on Thursday. The charges against Komisarjevsky include:
  • One count:
    • First-degree assault (of William Petit)
    • First-degree aggravated sexual assault
    • First-degree burglary
    • First-degree arson
    • First-degree conspiracy to commit arson
    • First-degree robbery
    • First-degree larceny
  • Two counts:
    • Risk of Injury to a Minor
  • Six counts: Capital Felony
    1. Murder of two or more persons (Hawke-Petit, Hayley, Michaela) at the same time and in the course of a single transaction
    2. Murder of a person under 16 (Michaela Petit)
    3. Murder of a kidnapped person (Hawke-Petit)
    4. Murder of a kidnapped person (Hayley)
    5. Murder of a kidnapped person (Michaela)
    6. Murder of a person during a first-degree sexual assault (Michaela)
  • Six counts: First-degree kidnapping
    1. Kidnapping of Michaela
    2. Kidnapping of Hayley
    3. Kidnapping of Hawke-Petit (with intention to compel third person to pay or deliver money or property as ransom)
    4. Kidnapping of Hawke-Petit (restrained the person and abducted with the intent to accomplish or advance the commission of a felony)
    5. Kidnapping of Hawke-Petit (restrained the person abducted with intent to terrorize her or a third person)
    6. Kidnapping of William Petit

    SOURCE: Court documents obtained from New Haven Superior Court
Komisarjevsky remains held on $15 million bond after facing a judge on Tuesday. The cases for Komisarjevsky and Hayes have been transferred to a New Haven court. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7, at which time, they could possibly enter pleas.Eyewitness News obtained Komisarjevsky's criminal record early Tuesday morning. According to that document, state authorities consider Komisarjevsky a minimum security offender and he has a minimal violence history.Arrest Record Details Komisarjevsky's History In Justice System

Komisarjevsky's criminal record indicates he first entered the system on March 11, 2002, when he was 21 years old and was arrested on charges linked to 10 burglaries in Bristol.In addition to the 10 Bristol charges, Komisarjevsky was also charged with two burglaries in Burlington in March, six burglaries in Cheshire in May and one burglary in Farmington in November.Police have called Komisarjevsky a cat burglar who has burglarized homes close to his own in Cheshire. Working alone, police said he cut window screens in the backs of the houses and entered while people slept. For the most part, police said Komisarjevsky stole high-end electronics, including DVD players and stereos, in addition to grabbing women's purses and cash.Investigators said some details in the cases stand out, saying Komisarjevsky wore night-vision goggles. Investigators don't know how he got the goggles, which can cost a couple thousand dollars.Eyewitness News has learned that Komisarjevsky once burglarized a state trooper's home, which he later admitted that he picked randomly. Police said Komisarjevsky discovered the trooper's uniform and stole shirts and the hat and gave them away.Police said they caught Komisarjevsky after he pawned several of the stolen items at a local pawn shop. State police arrested Komisarjevsky in Burlington in November and, after sharing information, local and state authorities said they found similarities in the incidents.On Jan. 3, 2003, Komisarjevsky was sentenced to nine years in prison for second-degree burglary. He was released, after serving half his sentence, to a halfway house on June 6, 2006, and was granted parole by the Board of Pardons and Parole on April 10.Eyewitness News has learned that Komisarjevsky and Hayes recently lived in the same halfway house following their release from prison.According to the criminal record, both Komisarjevsky and Hayes were deemed to be appropriate candidates for supervised parole in the community, based on their criminal history that involved a minimum level of violence.Eyewitness News has learned that both men reported weekly with parole officers and fully complied with the requirements of their release.According to New Britain court records, Komisarjevsky has a 5-year-old daughter. Records show that Komisarjevsky was awarded sole custody of his daughter about a month before police said he and Hayes broke into the Petit home.
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Profile: Steve Hayes

Two Arrested In Alleged Home Invasion-Arson

POSTED: 1:48 pm EDT July 24, 2007
UPDATED: 10:55 am EDT August 1, 2007



A 26-year-old man and a 44-year-old man face a number of charges in the deaths of a prominent doctor's family.On Monday, police arrested Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, of Cheshire, and Steve Hayes, 44, of Winsted, in connection with the deaths of the wife and two daughters of Dr. William Petit Jr. On Tuesday the charges filed against Hayes were announced and then charges of capital felony murder were added on Thursday. The charges include:
  • One count:
    • First-degree aggravated sexual assault (of Hawke-Petit)
    • First-degree burglary
    • First-degree arson
    • First-degree conspiracy to commit arson
    • First-degree robbery
    • Risk of injury to a Minor
    • First-degree Aiding and Abetting Assault
    • First-degree larceny
  • Six counts: Capital Felony
    1. Murder of two or more persons (Hawke-Petit, Hayley, Michaela) at the same time and in the course of a single transaction
    2. Murder of a person under 16 (Michaela Petit)
    3. Murder of a kidnapped person (Hawke-Petit)
    4. Murder of a kidnapped person (Hayley)
    5. Murder of a kidnapped person (Michaela)
    6. Murder of a person during a first-degree sexual assault (Hawke-Petit)
  • Six counts: First-degree kidnapping
    1. Kidnapping of Michaela
    2. Kidnapping of Hayley
    3. Kidnapping of Hawke-Petit (with intention to compel third person to pay or deliver money or property as ransom)
    4. Kidnapping of Hawke-Petit (restrained the person and abducted with the intent to accomplish or advance the commission of a felony)
    5. Kidnapping of Hawke-Petit (restrained the person abducted with intent to terrorize her or a third person)
    6. Kidnapping of William Petit

    SOURCE: Court documents obtained from New Haven Superior Court
Hayes remains held on $15 million bond after facing a judge on Tuesday. The cases for Komisarjevsky and Hayes have been transferred to a New Haven court. Both are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 7, at which time, they could possibly enter pleas.Eyewitness News obtained Hayes' criminal record early Tuesday morning. According to that document, state authorities consider Hayes a minimum security offender and he has a minimal violence history.Hayes' criminal record indicates he first entered the system on June 30, 1980.According to his criminal record, Hayes was sentenced to five years in prison for third-degree burglary on Oct. 1, 2003.He was then released to a halfway house on June 13, 2006. According to his criminal record, Hayes was re-incarcerated for a technical violation and drug use on Nov. 26, 2006. The Board of Pardons and Parole granted Hayes' parole by May 3.Eyewitness News has learned that Komisarjevsky and Hayes recently lived in the same halfway house following their release from prison.According to the criminal record, both Komisarjevsky and Hayes were deemed to be appropriate candidates for supervised parole in the community, based on their criminal histories, which involved a minimum level of violence.Eyewitness News has learned that both men reported weekly with parole officers and fully complied with the requirements of their release.
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Cheshire Slayings: 18 Potential Jurors Excused On Day 1

In First Day Of Jury Selection, No Jurors Selected

NEW HAVEN — - From the jury box Tuesday at Superior Court, Wesley Spencer stared at murder suspect Steven Hayes, one of two men charged in the deadly 2007 Cheshire home invasion.

Spencer was among 18 jurors called — and excused — during the first day of jury selection in Hayes' trial. If convicted, Hayes could face the death penalty for the slayings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

Spencer, a North Haven salesman who works on commission, told the judge that a lengthy criminal trial would be a financial hardship. His personal feelings weren't discussed on the witness stand.

"You want to know what I really think?" Spencer, the father of two daughters, said later outside the courtroom. "I'd like to go over there and strangle him myself."

Anger wasn't the only emotion inside the courtroom, where attorneys for hours grilled prospective jurors about their personal lives, their feelings on the death penalty and what they have read and seen in the media about the Cheshire slayings.

A college student broke down in tears on the witness stand when asked about the death penalty.

"It makes me feel uncomfortable," she said, sobbing into her hands.

Many said afterward that they were relieved not to be a part of the case. Most who walked past Hayes — who sat at the defense table dressed in ill-fitting black pants and a collared shirt with black and purple stripes — did not look at him. Some of those excused said that Hayes looked much thinner than he appeared in the widely circulated, full-faced mug shot taken after his arrest.

William Cossaboom, 54, of Hamden, the first juror to be excused because of a claim of hardship, said that as a father and grandfather, he most likely would have been sympathetic to the Petit family.

"I intended to walk in there with an open mind, though," Cossaboom said.

"It's a horrible case," said David Frank, a self-employed potter. Frank was dismissed because time at the trial would have been time away from making the pottery that he sells to earn a living.

Attorneys will pick 12 jurors, six alternates and two backup alternates in a process expected to last weeks if not months. Testimony in the widely publicized case is not expected to start until September.

Judge Jon C. Blue told jurors that the trial — and a subsequent penalty phase — could last until mid-December.

Connecticut's individual jury selection system — which gives attorneys on both sides ample opportunity to screen for bias — has been criticized for being too lengthy. Before Tuesday's hearing and before he took the bench, Blue nodded to a cart that Public Defender Thomas J. Ullmann pulled into the courtroom containing two file boxes full of documents.

"And that's just the first set of questions," Blue joked.

Frank said it was apparent that prospective jurors who gathered Tuesday morning before selection began had an idea that they could be selected for an incredibly difficult case. But he did not hear anyone discussing the case.

"It was silent and nervous there," Frank said.

Erik Becker's body language seemed to say a lot. On the witness stand, he took long, deep sighs and dropped his head while answering questions.

Becker, 32, of Madison, said that when he walked into the courtroom, he immediately recognized Dr. William Petit Jr.

"It's a tragedy on all sides," Becker said. He said he also looked at Hayes.

"I thought, God bless him. I'm sure this is not an indication of the man he wanted to be."

Two dozen friends and family members joined Petit in attendance. He was badly beaten during the attack at his home and suffered serious injuries.

Outside the courtroom, Petit spoke to reporters, saying he was happy that the case was beginning and held out "hope that justice will be served for Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela."

He acknowledged that jury selection was likely to be lengthy.

Forty-five more jurors will be called this morning for the selection process.

Hayes, 46, of Winsted, will be the first of two men charged in the deadly home invasion. Joshua Komisarjevsky, 29, of Cheshire, is scheduled to be tried after Hayes. Copyright © 2010, The Hartford Courant
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Steven Hayes, the first man to stand trial for the killing of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, is in a medically induced coma after he reportedly tried to commit suicide in a Connecticut jail Sunday.




A hospital orderly described the scene as chaotic with "police everywhere." Hayes apparently stockpiled his daily pills and then overdosed.
Hayes is accused of killing Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in Cheshire, Conn., July 23, 2007. Police allege that Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky broke into the Petits' home in the early hours, tied up and beat the father, Dr. William Petit Jr., tied up his daughters, Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17, and sexually assaulted the youngest before setting the house on fire. William Petit survived.
Hayes' attorney last summer called him "suicidal," leaving many people to wonder how a prisoner awaiting trial for Connecticut's most high-profile killing could have overdosed.
His attorney acknowledged in court Monday that Hayes is in the intensive-care unit.
"This particular prisoner is particularly guarded more than anyone in Connecticut state history … attempting to commit suicide while incarcerated is difficult," Tara Knight, a criminal defense attorney, said. "For this prisoner, it really should've been unheard of."
Rich Meehan, a Connecticut criminal defense attorney, said the state Department of Correction has a lot of questions to answer.
"Suicide watch traditionally is one-to-one keeping an eye on the person and watching them take the medication and making sure they take the medication," Meehan said on "Good Morning America" today. "They shake down the cells over there. So he had to store the stuff somewhere. There [are] a lot of questions that have to be answered here."
At issue now is whether Hayes, should he come out of the coma, suffered any cognitive deficiencies that would keep him from standing trial, Meehan said.
"He has to be able to understand the nature of the proceedings against him, know he is a defendant, know what the judge is, know what the lawyer's role is, know he is in the courtroom and more importantly he has to be able to assist his lawyer in his defense," he said. "And if he is unable to do that, Connecticut has a process where he undergoes evaluation by a psychiatric team and reports back to the court."

Trial Could Be Delayed

This could delay a trial that has already taken two weeks to pick four jurors. The new media attention could force the selected jurors back into court to undergo new questioning about what they know.
The jurors could all be dismissed forcing the process to start all over again.
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this son of a bitch will die!!!!!

they sentenced him to death by lethal injection yesterday!



i personally think they should tie him to a bed and set the place on fire!!
but, thats just me!!!!
now maybe this father can have some 'peace', if that's possible!!






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By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press – Mon Nov 8, 10:24 pm ET
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A man was condemned to death Monday for a night of terror inside a suburban home where a woman was strangled and her two daughters were tied to their beds and left to die in a gasoline-fueled fire.

Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes to death row after deliberating over four days. Judge Jon Blue will impose the sentence on Dec. 2.

The judge, in thanking the jurors for their service, said, "You have been exposed to images of depravity and horror that no human being should have to see."

Dr. William Petit, the husband and father of the victims, said the verdict was not about revenge.
"Vengeance belongs to the Lord," Petit said. "This is about justice. We need to have some rules in a civilized society."
He also said it wouldn't bring closure, saying whoever came up with the concept was "an imbecile."
"It's a hole with jagged edges," he said. "Over time the edges may smooth out a little bit, but the hole in your heart, the hole in your soul is still there."


The jury foreman, Ian Cassell, told The Associated Press some jurors were initially "on the fence" about life or death for Hayes.
"But given the evidence and testimony and the letter of the law, that's where it brought us," Cassell said.
He said it was tense and emotional in the jury room.

"We had a man's life in our hands, and no one was having an easy time with that," he said.
Asked about the crime, he said, "Everyone was disgusted, horrified. It was awful, awful."

Hayes' attorneys had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, a wealthy New Haven suburb, with a fellow paroled burglar. They called the co-defendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, the mastermind and said he escalated the violence.

But prosecutors said both men were equally responsible and that the crime cried out for the death penalty, saying the family was tormented for seven hours before being killed.

Defense attorney Tom Ullmann said Hayes, who had attempted suicide while incarcerated, smiled at the verdict.
"He is thrilled with the verdict. That's what he wanted all along," Ullmann said.

Cassell said jurors were divided over whether Hayes really wanted a death sentence, but that argument did not play a big role in the deliberations. He said an early jury note indicating divisions over a claim that Hayes was mentally impaired at the time of the crime was just a hypothetical example of a vote.

Hayes will join nine other men on Connecticut's death row. The state has only executed one man since 1960, so the 47-year-old Hayes will likely spend years, if not decades, in prison.

Komisarjevsky will be tried next year. Prosecutors rejected offers by both men to plead guilty in exchange for life sentences, their attorneys have said.

Authorities said Hayes and Komisarjevsky broke into the house, beat Petit and forced his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to withdraw money from a bank while the rest of her family remained under hostage at home. Hayes then sexually assaulted and strangled her, authorities said.

Komisarjevsky is charged with sexually assaulting their 11-year-old daughter, Michaela. He has blamed Hayes for escalating the crime.
Michaela and her 17-year-old sister, Hayley, were tied to their beds and had gasoline poured on or around them before the men set the house on fire, according to testimony. The girls died of smoke inhalation.

The crime, which drew comparisons to the 1959 killings portrayed in Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood," was so unsettling that it became a key issue in the death penalty debate in the governor's race and led to tougher Connecticut laws for repeat offenders and home invasions. Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell cited the case when she vetoed a bill that would have abolished the death penalty.

The jurors were individually polled after the verdict Monday. One woman was crying and confirmed her verdict in a hoarse voice while a male juror said "yes" loudly and with conviction when asked to confirm his. Hayes was alternately looking straight ahead and to the opposite side of the courtroom from the jury. His attorney sat somewhat slumped in his chair.
Petit said he cried at the verdict, "thinking of the tremendous loss."

"Michaela was an 11-year-old little girl tortured and killed in her own bedroom, surrounded by stuffed animals," he said, his voice cracking.
He said his older daughter had a great future and his wife, a nurse, had helped many children at the hospitals where she worked.

To determine Hayes' punishment, the jury weighed so-called aggravating factors cited by prosecutors, including the heinous and cruel nature of the deaths, against mitigating factors argued by Hayes' attorneys.

Juror Dolores Carter told the AP on Monday that she was tired and mentally exhausted.

"It was a very hard decision. It's not easy to put someone's life on the line," Carter said.

Ullmann had suggested prison would be more harsh than death for Hayes. Hayes told a psychiatrist he had repeatedly tried to kill himself after the crime because he felt guilty and remorseful and feared isolation in prison the rest of his life.

Hayes' attorneys focused heavily on Komisarjevsky, even calling a witness who said his "completely dead eyes" made him look like the devil.

Prosecutors Michael Dearington and Gary Nicholson said it was Hayes who initiated the crime, citing his confession to police in which he said he called Komisarjevsky shortly before the crime because he was financially desperate. They also noted that Hayes took Hawke-Petit to the bank to withdraw money, raped and strangled her, bought the gasoline and poured it in the house.
During the trial, jurors heard eight days of gruesome testimony and saw photos of the victims, charred beds, rope, ripped clothing and ransacked rooms.

Petit's sister Johanna Petit Chapman said the family sympathized with the jurors for the emotional pain the case inflicted on them as they viewed pictures of the crime scene and heard details of the deaths.

"I was crying on the inside knowing what they were looking at," she said. "I can't say enough how badly I feel for them that they got thrust into this because of two people's decision to go in and just destroy life like that."

Hayes was convicted of six capital felony charges, three murder counts and two charges of sexually assaulting Hawke-Petit. The capital offenses were for killing two or more people, the killing of a person under 16, murder in the course of a sexual assault and three counts of intentionally causing a death during a kidnapping. He was sentenced to death for all six.

Ullmann and co-counsel Patrick Culligan said that the case was treated differently because the victims were white and from the suburbs and that crimes just as horrific involving minorities haven't garnered the same media and public attention.

"To my way of thinking, that's all that these verdicts prove today, that is just how arbitrary and capricious the death penalty is — it varies from case to case and person to person and jury to jury," Culligan said.
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6 jurors and some of the family will be on the today show..... in 5 mins. i'll post the vid in a min



here is the mom's sister and best freind
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/261848...86253#40086253



and here are 6 of the 12 jurors.
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/261848...86300#40086300
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