#breaking #news ABC:Steven Hayes Guilty of Killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit&Her Two Daughters in 2007 Home Invasion!
Thank God, may justice be served! The death penalty sentencing isn't scheduled until Oct 18th, but I can't imagine he wouldn't get the death penalty. This was one of the most horrific and heinous crimes I have ever heard happening.
According to today's press conference, the father is thankful justice was served, but said "it doesn't bring his family back;but a sense of relief that the verdict was guilty." When asked what his daughters would say about the verdict or the case, the father, Mr. Petit, says his daughter Jennifer would say she would ask God to pray for the families strength to be there. The father felt the evidence was overwhelming and that the prosecutors did a very nice job presenting the state's case.
Mr. Petit says the family thought from the beginning the defendant's, Hayes and Komisarjevsky would point fingers as to who was to blame. The father was asked how he does it and how he will get through the next trial; he says 'most would probably do the same thing if your family was destroyed by evil and it's the one thing you can do. Does he want to do it, do I look forward to it every day; I have nausea every time I get out of the car and walk down the street, but I think all of you would do this for your families.' When asked what he will do the next week, he said he plans to golf with some good friends to get through the sentencing phase.
Here is a video of today's guilty verdict:
May God bless the families and continue to give them strength and peace.
Jury Finds Steven Hayes Guilty In Connecticut Triple Murder
Steven Hayes Could Face The Death Penalty
Steven Hayes was found guilty today in the deadly home invasion that left a woman and her two daughters brutalized and murdered, making him eligible for the death penalty.
The jury deliberated for several hours before finding Hayes guilty of 16 of the 17 counts he faced. Hayes was convicted of six capital crimes, including the murder and kidnapping of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, all of which are punishable by death.
Dr. William Petit, the only survivor in the brutal crime, clutched his sister as the verdict was read but remained stoic. Relatives of his slain wife wept while Hayes hung his head.
Hayes was not convicted of first degree arson, a charge that the jury had questioned the judge about during deliberations. Asked by the jury whether Hayes' pouring gasoline in the Petit's home was the same thing as lighting a match, the judge had answered "no."
Hayes, 47, is one of two men accused of killing the three Petit women in July 2007. Joshua Komisarjevsky, Hayes' alleged accomplice, will stand trial next year.
The penalty phase to determine whether Hayes will face the death penalty is scheduled to begin on Oct. 18.
The emotional and at time gruesome three-week trial culminated in emotional closing arguments last week, with Hayes' lawyer trying to pin the majority of the blame on Komisarjevsky.
"He's guilty of sexual assault of Mrs. Petit. There isn't any question about that," defense attorney Thomas Ullman said of Hayes, but quickly added, "He kills Jennifer Petit at the request of Joshua Komisarjevsky."
"Steven Hayes is no angel," Ullman said. "But he's not the one who controlled the escalation of violence. That's Joshua Komisarjevsky."
The trial was alternately grisly 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 daughters tied to their beds.
Only the father, Dr. William Petit, survived. Brutally beaten and left bound in the basement, he managed to make his way out to a neighbor's home.
Petit has sat in the courtroom through almost all of the trial, openly crying when jurors were shown pictures of his slain wife and children, and walking out as the medical examiner testified how Petit's 11-year-old daughter was brutalized.
State's Attorney Michael Dearington told jurors that Hayes was equally guilty for the carnage, saying they could "count the opportunities that [Hayes] 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."
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"What was a vibrant house of people at 9 o'clock became a house of terror and horror," Dearington said.
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