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A Deadly Home Invasion in Connecticut

Quiet Community Shocked by Brutal Crime

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Joshua Komisarjevsky

Joshua Komisarjevsky

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On July 24, 2007, the quiet Connecticut town of Cheshire was shocked by a brutal home invasion that left a house in flames, a wife and her two daughters dead and a bloody and battered father in the hospital. Killed were Jennifer Hawke-Petit, wife of Dr. William Petit, and their two daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

Current Developments

Steven Hayes Attempts Suicide
March 10, 2014
A death row inmate convicted in an infamous Connecticut home invasion has apparently attempted suicide. Steven Hayes was found unresponsive in his death row cell by staff members during a routine cell check at the Northern Correctional Institution.

Previous Developments

Komisarjevsky Gets Death Penalty
Dec. 9, 2011
After deliberating over a five-day period, a Connecticut jury voted to sentence to death a man they earlier convicted of three horrific home invasion murders. Joshua Komisarjevsky was given the death penalty for the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

Komisarjevsky Convicted on All Counts
Oct. 13, 2011
A Connecticut jury returned guilty verdicts in all 17 charges against a man who killed a woman and her two children in a shocking 2007 home invasion robbery. Joshua Komisarjevsky was found guilty of capital murder, kidnapping and sexual assault among other charges.

2nd Home Invasion Trial Begins
Sept. 19, 2011
Almost a year after his codefendant was sentenced to death, the trial has begun for a second man accused of a home invasion robbery that claimed the lives of a Connecticut woman and her two daughters. Joshua Komisarjevsky will also face the death penalty if he is found guilty of the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

Home Invasion Killer Gets Death Penalty
Nov. 8, 2010
After deliberating more than three days, a Connecticut jury voted to impose the death penalty on a man accused of killing a woman and her two daughters during a home invasion robbery. Steven Hayes received the death penalty on six counts in connection with the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley and Michaela.

Hayes Guilty in Connecticut Triple Murders
Oct. 5, 2010
A Connecticut jury found Steven Hayes guilty of 16 of 17 charges in connection with the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. Hayes was convicted of six capital crimes, making him eligible for the death penalty.

Connecticut Home Invasion Trial Begins
Sept. 13, 2010
The murder trial of one of the defendants accused of a home invasion robbery that left a doctor's wife and two daughter dead opened this week after a long delay. Steven Hayes, 47, is facing possible execution for his part in the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11.

Triple Murder Suspect Tries to Plead Guilty
April 2, 2010
One of the suspects in a brutal Connecticut home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead has asked a judge to allow him to plead guilty, but his lawyers objected due to concerns over his mental state. Steven Hayes asked to plead guilty during a competency hearing last week.

Defendant in Coma, Trial Delayed
Feb. 1, 2010
Jury selection for the murder trial of a man accused of a deadly home invasion of a Connecticut family has been delayed because the defendant is reportedly in a coma. Attorneys of Steven Hayes is in intensive care in a Connecticut hospital, his attorney said.

Jury Selection Begins in Home Invasion Case
Jan. 19, 2010
Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of one of two men accused of a home invasion and arson in Connecticut that left a doctor's wife and his two daughters dead. Although the jury selection process begins today, Steven Hayes' trial is not scheduled to begin until September.

Death Penalty Sought in Connecticut Murders
July 27, 2010
New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington will seek the death penalty against two men who are accused of killing a doctor's wife and two daughters. Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes have been charged with six capital felony counts as well as assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery, arson and others.

Home Invasion Shocks Connecticut Town
July 24, 2007
The quiet Connecticut town of Cheshire has been stunned by a brutal home invasion that left a home in flames, a wife and her two daughters dead and a bloody and battered father in the hospital.

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