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Petit Family murders. trial coverage, warning! graphic evidence photos.
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RE: A TRUE HORROR STORY. trial begins Monday.



I think it's a blessing that he couldn't hear what was being done to his family.






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RE: A TRUE HORROR STORY. trial begins Monday.

first responders and police will testify today.
click for more evidence photos, Dr. Petit in ER, the ropes and pole in basement where he was tied, his ankles.
bulkhead and stairs where he escaped.


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today Sept. 15.
After seeing disturbing photos from the crime scene in Cheshire Judge Blue turned to the jury and said he knows this is a horrible experience and dismissed them for the day. He told the people who will be deciding Steven Hayes' fate not to discuss the case, but to give each other hugs if they wanted.


NEW HAVEN — Testimony in the trial of Steven Hayes this afternoon turned to the grim search for bodies once firefighters were able to enter the Petit house on July 23, 2007.

Judge Jon C. Blue, returning from lunch break, addressed three notes from the jury, including one inquiring whether they could be told beforehand about graphic photos.

Blue said graphic photos would not be displayed on the movie screen in court but distributed among the jury.

"Just prepare yourself as best you can," Blue said.

Rick Trocci, a Cheshire volunteer firefighter, said he was driving that morning when he received a page that there was a fire on Sorghum Mill Drive.

Within eight minutes he was on scene. He grabbed an air pack and hand tools and entered the home through the front door with two other firefighters.

The smoke was so thick on the second floor that there was no visibility. They went there because they were told there might be people on the second floor.

They used thermal imaging-cameras for their search. They found a body at the top of the stairs.

Prosecutors distributed photos of the body to the jurors. Many had no reaction. Some looked quickly and promptly closed the files they were in.

One woman looked at the photos and then looked at Dr. William Petit Jr. seated in the front row. Next to him was his father, William Sr., who sobbed as the photos made their way across the jury box.

Killed that day were William Petit Jr.'s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their daughters, Hayley and Michaela.

At the time, the firefighter said, he didn't know who the person was. When asked if he learned the identity later, Trocci said softly, "Hayley Petit."

Trocci said he was concerned for his safety in the house as the burning stairs had lost structural stability.

"We could feel the heat through our gear," he said.

They discussed moving into the building further but because of the heat and flames, they left the home.

He said he went in again with a carbon monoxide meter to see if police could go inside to investigate their discovery.

Finding Jennifer's Body

Meriden firefighter Tim Wysoczanski was the first firefighter to arrive at the burning Petit home. He said an officer told him there were possibly people inside.

Once the fire truck arrived, he pulled a hose and went through the front door. He said it was "pitch black" inside and they could only make it in about 10 feet.

They pulled out of the home and fought the flames from the outside, spraying water through a picture window.

Eventually, the fire died down and ventilation helped make visibility better.

He saw members of a police SWAT team enter. He said he was told there was possibly a third person inside.

"It was not a definite," he said. "It just wasn't known."

With the flames diminished, Wysoczanski went inside again. While in the family room, he found a body.

"Was there any way for you to know who it was at the time?" Nicholson asked.

"No sir," the firefighter said.

"Did you subsequently find out it was Mrs. Jennifer Hawke-Petit?"

"Yes sir," he replied.

Several jurors reacted to the photos of Hawke-Petit's body. One woman braced her body and sighed. Another put her hand to her head. One woman appeared to glare toward Hayes after her viewing.

Michaela's Body On Bed

Cheshire police Lt. Jay Markella said when he arrived at the scene there was a third suspect inside.

Markella and five other officers went to the second floor, being careful to step on the outside of the steps and not the middle as they were told the middle of the steps had been compromised.

Then they made a discovery.

"Hayley was lying down at the top of the stairs," Markella said.

Then they made their way down a hallway and searched rooms. A ladder was in their way but they managed to make it to the last room.

Inside, Markella saw something on a bed.

"I found Michaela Petit," he said.

On the bed? Dearington asked

"Yes," Markella replied.

Michaela's hands were tied, pulled over her head and tied to the bed. Her lower torso was hanging off the bed.

Markella went into the room to see if there was any sign of life.

"I could tell she wasn't alive," he said.

The photos pushed a juror to tears. Dr. Petit sobbed and his father embraced him.

Blue then excused the jury for the day in a nod to the day's tough testimony.

"They've been through quite a bit," he said.

Before letting them go, he said, "You've been through the roughest part."

Tense Courtroom Exchange

Earlier in the day, a Cheshire police captain faced tough cross-examination this morning about his department's response to the home invasion.

Capt. Robert Vignola said he had no idea that violence was going on inside the Petit home. He appeared agitated under questioning from defense attorney Thomas J. Ullmann and said, if he had known what was going on inside, "I would have been the first one through that door."

Ullmann, cross-examining Vignola after the police captain gave his account to prosecutors, showed the court a timeline of events that showed 33 minutes elapsed from a bank employee's call alerting police to a possible hostage situation, to confirmation by police that at least one person at the home was in distress:

9:21 a.m.: Bank employee alerts police to a possible hostage situation.

9:25: Broadcast goes to all police units about report of a hostage situation.

9:27: Police captain tells units not to approach the house.

9:28: Marked units are told to stay back.

9:36: Vignola does a drive-by.

9:44: Vignola advises that police need to set up a perimeter.

9:45: Patrol units set up on each end of Sorghum Mill Drive.

9:54: Someone is heard calling the name "Dave." (Earlier testimony identified "Dave" as a neighbor and the person calling his name a severely wounded William Petit Jr.)

Vignola testified that police were following the proper protocol for a hostage situation. He said the information they had showed no violence. It was confusing, he said, and "still makes no sense today."

Under cross-examination, Vignola said no officers went to the front door of the home shortly after the police call. Vignola said he advised police not to enter until a better perimeter was set up.

When Ullmann offered a wait time of 20 minutes, Vignola did not dispute the time.

"No phone call was made from any police officer to the home?" Ullmann asked.

"That's correct," Vignola said.

Vignola said there was some confusion at the bank: A teller did not entirely believe Hawke-Petit's story about the hostage situation but the bank manager did.

Ullmann questioned Vignola about an officer who upon hearing the call, went to the police department to get SWAT gear instead of the home. Ullmann asked Vignola if police already carry weapons. Vignola said yes.

Ullmann, referring to the time police spent responding to the call, said that even with all the setup, "you were too late."

Prosecutor Gary Nicholson objected to the comment, and Judge Blue said Vignola did not have to respond.

Vignola was excused from the stand and hurried from the courtroom without acknowledging Petit, sitting in the front row.


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RE: A TRUE HORROR STORY. trial begins Monday.

click for bank video of Mrs. Petit withdrawing the cash for the bastards. she was raped and murdered within an hour after this video.

BANK VIDEO



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I find myself thinking about this gentleman, this husband/father and I wonder how he is, how he manages to go on & how he can face another trial in the future. He probably has the best support system ever but, I wonder too if it's any comfort.






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oh poor monster peed himself, wait until they strap him to the gurney.34 21 put a diaper on the fucker in open court and force him to see what he did to those girls.

NEW HAVEN -- Crime scene testimony in the gruesome Connecticut home invasion murder trial is making even the defendant feel sick.

Career con Steven Hayes suffered "seizure like symptoms" and urinated on himself in jail last night, his lawyer told the trial judge this morning, at the start of Day 4 of testimony.

"He urinated all over himself," said defense lawyer Thomas Ullmann, saying he was relaying what jail officials had told him earlier this morning.

"He's been cleared medically. There were seizure-like symptoms which were described to me.

"I don't believe Mr. Hayes got any sleep last night," his lawyer told the court.

"I believe it is attributed to what occurred yesterday afternoon," he said, in apparent reference to that day's difficult testimony, including accounts by first responders of finding the charred bodies of the victim mother and her two daughters.



what are you smiling about you garbage?


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Holy fuck! His lawyer states that like we should have sympathy for that murdering motherfucker. Who the hell cares about his well being? No one in their right mind would. I would be delighted to learn that this is torture for him. It makes me happy to know that he is uncomfortable.






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we can only hope the other cocksucker co-defendant joshua komisarjevsky, hangs himself in jail before his trial, to spare Dr. Petit and the rest of the family having to go through this ordeal again.


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Does that young man have access to news? Is he aware of what is going on with the trial right now? How long do you expect something like this to last? I always have lots of questions about stuff, I like details. Sorry. 50






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please don't be sorry, i am glad someone is following this with me.
he may get newspapers in jail, but sometimes the jail will hold back the newspapers that relate to his case. since it could influence his case/testimony. not that he'll ever take the stand. and in jail (not prison) he won't have a TV he can control.

this hayes trial is going fast. i think there will be a quick verdict and then more lengthy penalty phase. his lawyer has only one job or goal, to keep him out of death chamber and get him life. guilt is not an issue.






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this is it until monday. they'll probably have hayes on a suicide watch until then.

NEW HAVEN — Testimony in the Steven Hayes case has adjourned for the day after his attorney expressed concern for his medical condition.

One of Hayes' attorneys, Thomas J. Ullmann, said at the start of today's session that Hayes had a seizure last night and urinated all over himself. However, he said he believed that Hayes was well enough to be in court. However, after the lunch break, he said he did not think Hayes' could continue because of his medical condition.

Judge Jon C. Blue agreed to halt proceedings until Monday. Friday had aleady been scheduled as a day off.

Ullmann said he thought Wednesday's testimony may have "triggered" the seizure. That testimony centered on the horrifying details of July 23, 2007, when emergency workers discovered the bodies of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in their burned-out Cheshire home.

Hayes, 47, could face the death penalty if convicted.

During morning testimony, state police Sgt. Karen Gabianelli testified that investigators found three bulky Bank of America envelopes in a beach bag inside the getaway vehicle used to flee the Petit home. The vehicle belonged to the Petits.

Inside the envelopes, she said, was $15,000 —three bundles of $5,000 each — zip ties, a wool facemask, and Latex gloves.

The money was returned to the bank, and detectives tried but were unable to get fingerprints off the envelopes.

Gabianelli said Hayes was in the passenger seat and Komisarjevsky was in the driver's seat.

Also found was a cell phone belonging to Komisarjevsky. Gabianelli said she tried to get voicemail messages from the phone but the account was "shut down for non-payment." The phone company said they could not retrieve those messages.

Another vehicle was searched, a red Chevy van belonging to Jude Komisarjevsky, Joshua's mother.

Ash-Covered Bedroom

Testimony this morning turned to Hayley's second-floor bedroom. Photos displayed in court showed the once busy, colorful room was now covered in soot and ash.

Gabianelli focused her search for evidence on Hayley's ash-covered double bed. There, she removed nylon ties and rope from the bedposts.

She said police believed the ties were used as restraints. Also in Hayley's bedroom, a police dog trained to hit on accelerants identified a spot there.

The police dog also indicated a flammable material may have been poured on the floor of Michaela's room.

Hayley's body was found at the top of stairs leading from the first to the second floor. Michaela's body was found in her bedroom, with her wrists bound and tied to her bed. Hawke-Petit's body was found on the first floor.

At the end of Michaela's daybed, there was a 36-inch piece of rope tied to a post. "We believe it was used as a restraint for Michaela," Gabianelli said.

And on an ottoman, near stuffed animals, there was 11 feet of rope. A baseball bat was found in her room.

Inside the Petit's ransacked master bedroom, an open jewelry box lay on the bed.

"It looked like it had been gone through pretty good," Gabianelli said.

Clothes littered the closet and all the drawers to the furniture were either removed or ajar, she said.

A cord to the telephone was disconnected.

Gabianelli also testified that she found a blue and yellow scarf tied to the bedposts and a 42-inch rope laying on top of a family photo collage.






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burned shirt, beds and bedposts with ties.


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Dr. Petit:
"I guess if there's anything to be gained from the senseless deaths of my beautiful family, it's for us to all go forward with the inclination to live with faith and help a neighbor, fight for a cause, love your family. I'm really expecting all of you to go out and do some of these things with your family in your own little way to spread the work of these three wonderful women."


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I have a question about the photos. I know that the older daughter was found still tied to the bed, the lower half of her body angled off the bed. Was that the daybed? Did those monsters throw gas on her and then ignite it? I ask because of how the bed appears to be burned.






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