| Mar 5, 2009
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.
| Oct 28, 2007
As a small circle of friends celebrated his freedom at a barbecue in July, Joshua Komisarjevsky brooded, burying himself in a bottle of whiskey.
State probation officers had removed an electronic monitoring bracelet less than 24 hours earlier, bringing...
| Feb 22, 2011
For opponents of the death penalty, the timing probably couldn't be worse.
One of the two men accused in one the most heinous crimes in state history, the murders of three members of the Petit family in Cheshire, has been convicted and the other is about...
| Sep 11, 2010
| 6:08 PM
There's a treasure in a nearly empty closet at the Cheshire Academy infirmary.
Debra Bond, the health center's director, uses a key to unlock the closet door. She's silent as her fingers gently touch a black gown draped from a hanger, academic regalia...
| Sep 12, 2010
| 4:12 PM
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.
| Sep 13, 2010
| 3:17 PM
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...
| Sep 15, 2010
| 9:23 AM
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...
| Sep 16, 2010
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.
On the second floor, at the top of the stairs, was a body.
" Hayley Petit," Cheshire...
| Sep 16, 2010
| 6:25 PM
The medical condition of Steven Hayes prompted yet another delay in his trial Thursday, halting testimony and frustrating at least one family member.
Thomas J. Ullmann, a defense lawyer for Hayes, said the 47-year-old suspect in the killings of...
| Oct 25, 2010
The trouble started shortly after West Hartford restaurateur Christiane Gehami left the witness stand.
Internet posts at the end of news stories about her testimony in the trial of triple-murderer Steven Hayes urged a boycott of Gehami's restaurant....
| Jun 9, 2010
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.
Hayes' defense team, however, is prepared to fight the use of the book to prosecute Hayes for the July...