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William Petit

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  • 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. His...
  • Prelude To Horror

    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. State probation officers had removed an electronic monitoring bracelet less than 24 hours earlier, bringing...
  • Victims' Families Support Repeal Of Death Penalty

    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...
  • Remembering Jennifer Hawke-Petit On Eve Of Murder Trial

    Remembering Jennifer Hawke-Petit On Eve Of Murder Trial
    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...
  • Petit Trial Scheduled To Begin Today

    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. Several members...
  • Witnesses Detail Tense Scenes At Bank, Home As Cheshire Trial Opens

    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...
  • 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...
  • Cheshire Authorities Describe Grim Search For Bodies

    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. On the second floor, at the top of the stairs, was a body. " Hayley Petit," Cheshire...
  • Cheshire Trial Halted Over Concern For Hayes; No Testimony Friday Because Of Yom Kippur

    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. Thomas J. Ullmann, a defense lawyer for Hayes, said the 47-year-old suspect in the killings of...
  • Witness Harassed After Defense Calls Her To Testify In Steven Hayes Case

    Witness Harassed After Defense Calls Her To Testify In Steven Hayes Case
    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....
  • The Sooner Hayes Is Executed, The Better

    The killer shall be killed — so said the jury in the Cheshire home invasion murder case. Steven Hayes, one of the two men accused of entering the home of the William Petit Jr. family on that July night in 2007, will join 10 other men on...