Cheshire Home Invasion Archive

Jury Finds Steven Hayes Guilty, Now Must Decide If He Lives Or Dies

October 6, 2010

Jury Finds Steven Hayes Guilty, Now Must Decide If He Lives Or Dies

NEW HAVEN — It's a word Dr. William Petit Jr. has waited to hear since his family was killed in a brutal home invasion in Cheshire more than three years ago.

9:25 PM EDT, September 16, 2010

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Cheshire Trial Halted Over Concern For Hayes; No Testimony Friday Because Of Yom Kippur

The medical condition of Steven Hayes prompted yet another delay in his trial Thursday, halting testimony and frustrating at least one family member.

Cheshire Authorities Describe Grim Search For Bodies

September 16, 2010

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Cheshire Authorities Describe Grim Search For Bodies

As the flames and heat subsided, emergency officials began learning just how horrific the crime scene was at 300 Sorghum Mill Drive in Cheshire on July 23, 2007.

12:23 PM EDT, September 15, 2010

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Petit Recalls Nighttime Attack On Family; 'If He Moves, Put 2 Bullets In Him'

Yet another juror was excused from the Cheshire home-invasion trial this afternoon on a day that included dramatic testimony from Dr. William Petit Jr. describing the family's last hours together and the moment he woke up, bloodied and dazed, on the couch.

6:17 PM EDT, September 13, 2010

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Witnesses Detail Tense Scenes At Bank, Home As Cheshire Trial Opens

During an active and emotional first day of testimony in the Cheshire home-invasion case, a neighbor of the Petit family said Monday that he had just finished walking his dog the morning of July 23, 2007, when he got home and heard someone outside calling his name.

Petit Trial Scheduled To Begin Today

7:12 PM EDT, September 12, 2010

Petit Trial Scheduled To Begin Today

Opening statements are expected today in Superior Court in the trial of Steven Hayes, one of two men charged in the July 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, during a home invasion in Cheshire.

9:08 PM EDT, September 11, 2010

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Remembering Jennifer Hawke-Petit On Eve Of Murder Trial

There's a treasure in a nearly empty closet at the Cheshire Academy infirmary.

5:20 PM EDT, July 13, 2010

Hayes Defense Wants Alleged 'Inflammatory' Statements Kept Out Of Trial

After his arrest in connection with the July 2007 Cheshire home invasion slayings, Steven Hayes gave what his lawyers say are "inculpatory and highly inflammatory" statements to police acknowledging his role in the crime.

June 30, 2010

Judge To Rule Wednesday On Closing Courtroom For Hearing In Cheshire Home-Invasion Case

A Superior Court judge is expected to rule today on a request by attorneys for Cheshire home-invasion suspect Steven Hayes to bar the public from pre-trial testimony and arguments about statements and admissions Hayes allegedly made to police after his arrest.

June 9, 2010

Prosecutors: 'Library Book' Could Be An Issue In Cheshire Case

A library book Steven Hayes was reading in the months before the Cheshire home-invasion killings could be used as evidence by prosecutors at his trial.

Steven Hayes, A Suspect In Cheshire Home Invasions, Apparently Overdosed On Drugs

February 1, 2010


Steven Hayes, A Suspect In Cheshire Home Invasions, Apparently Overdosed On Drugs

Steven Hayes, who apparently tried to kill himself Sunday with a drug overdose, was taken to the hospital after prison guards found him unconscious.

Cheshire Home Invasion Suspect Hayes Changes Mind Again; Jury Selection To Resume

April 7, 2010

Cheshire Home Invasion Suspect Hayes Changes Mind Again; Jury Selection To Resume

In another about-face, Steven Hayes again surprised the court Tuesday by saying he no longer wished to plead guilty to the 2007 Cheshire home-invasion murders.

12:43 PM EDT, April 19, 2010

Hayes Denied Request To Skip Jury Selection

A judge has denied Steven Hayes' request to skip the rest of jury selection in the 2007 Cheshire home-invasion case.

April 3, 2010


Experts Say Hayes' Lawyers May Lose Fight To Keep Him Off Death Row

Veteran defense lawyers Patrick J. Culligan and Thomas J. Ullmann are well-known for their vehement opposition to the death penalty.

Cheshire Home Invasion Suspect Steven Hayes Tells Judge He Wishes To Plead Guilty

5:27 PM EDT, April 1, 2010

Cheshire Home Invasion Suspect Wants To Plead Guilty

Cheshire Home Invasion Suspect Steven Hayes Tells Judge He Wishes To Plead Guilty

Steven Hayes, charged in the 2007 triple homicide in Cheshire, told a judge this morning that he wants to change his plea to guilty.

March 18, 2010

Cheshire Home Invasion Suspect Granted Competency Hearing

The mental-competency hearing granted Wednesday to Steven Hayes, charged in the 2007 triple homicide in Cheshire, will focus on a narrow issue and not lay the groundwork for an insanity defense.

July 18, 2009


Petit Seeks No-Contact Order Against Murder Suspects, Defense Team

Defense attorneys for one of the suspects in a 2007 deadly home invasion robbery in Cheshire want to reach out to family members of the victims, but Dr. William Petit and his family have refused the offer and are asking a judge to block such contact.

June 6, 2009

Rell Vetoes Bill To Abolish Death Penalty

Rejecting calls for abolition, Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill Friday that would have repealed the death penalty in Connecticut.

March 5, 2009


Dr. Petit Tells Lawmakers Death Penalty Should Be Repaired, Not Scrapped

For nearly eight hours Wednesday, lawmakers pondered the fate of Connecticut's death penalty. Then Dr. William Petit Jr. approached the microphone and explained why he believes a just and fair society sometimes has to inflict the ultimate punishment.

October 26, 2008


After Tragic Loss, A Soft Voice Speaks Up

He never returned to the practice of medicine, not after a home invasion took his wife and daughters, leaving him a survivor and a symbol.

July 23, 2008

Rowing Helps Friend Honor Hayley Petit's Memory

WOODBURY — When Bianca Czaderna and Hayley Petit were in middle school, many classmates and friends called them "twins."

July 23, 2008

Poem By Hayley Petit

Hayley Petit wrote this poem for Brian Ford, the Miss Porter's crew coach at the time, in June 2007. A few weeks ago Ford gave Bianca Czaderna a copy in hopes it "might inspire people to be athletes and coaches, to give generously to the things Hayley believed in and to support The Petit Family Foundation." Czaderna said the poem is special to her because it shows Hayley's dedication to rowing and was written shortly before her death. The poem, as Petit wrote it, was e-mailed by Ford to Courant Staff Writer Tom Yantz.

July 21, 2008

Road Race Honoring Petits Draws 3,000

Bill Ronalter has run in road races for 20 years. He hadn't heard silence like he heard Sunday morning when Dr. William Petit Jr. spoke before the GE Petit Foundation 5K Road Race.

July 20, 2008

Rick Green: Cheshire Residents Make New, Profound Connections

Is it possible to change what comes to mind merely by saying just a single word?

June 17, 2008

Suspects In Cheshire Killings Seek Separate Trials

Potential finger-pointing between the two suspects in last year's triple homicide in Cheshire and questions about the use of evidence in a single jury trial has prompted both suspects to seek separate trials.

May 30, 2008

Cheshire House Where Petits Were Killed Is Razed

Demolition crews have taken down the fire-damaged house that was the scene of last year's home invasion and slayings of three members of a Cheshire family.

January 22, 2008

Cheshire Dispatch Log Released

Newly released dispatch records show a nearly five-minute gap between the time Cheshire police received an initial 911 call last July about an "incident" at the home of Dr. William Petit and the time officers were dispatched to the scene.

October 28, 2007

Special Report: Prelude To Horror

As a small circle of friends celebrated his freedom at a barbecue in July, Joshua Komisarjevsky brooded, burying himself in a bottle of whiskey.

August 3, 2007

2 Men Mixed Drugs, Parole

Career criminal Steven Hayes, one of two men charged with killing three members of a Cheshire family during a home invasion last week, had a long history of failure in parole and community release programs.

July 29, 2007

Love And Pain

He wasn't listed in the program, but he was first on everybody's minds.

July 28, 2007

Suspect Was 'Depressed'

In the days before being charged with committing a brutal triple murder in Cheshire, Joshua Komisarjevsky was depressed over the loss of his teenage girlfriend and struggling financially because of mounting costs related to his 5-year-old child, a close friend said Friday.

July 27, 2007

Parole An Issue After Cheshire Slayings

A prosecutor said Thursday he will pursue the death penalty against two men suspected of killing three members of a Cheshire family, while new questions emerged about how the state decided to release them from custody earlier this year.

July 26, 2007

Family Struggles To Cope

Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her youngest daughter checked out groceries at 7:30 Sunday night at a Stop & Shop a mile or so from their Cheshire house.

July 25, 2007

Cheshire Victims' Relatives See Suspects Charged

A judge getting ready to send Joshua Komisarjevsky to prison in 2002 called him a "cold, calculating predator.''

July 24, 2007

Family Shattered

As town police officers raced to Dr. William A. Petit Jr.'s home on Sorghum Mill Drive Monday morning they had no idea of the horrors that lay ahead.

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