published Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Jurors see more evidence in Connecticut home invasion

This photo released by the Connecticut Judicial Branch as evidence presented Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 in the Joshua Komisarjevsky trial in New Haven, Conn., Superior Court, shows two men at an ATM banking machine at a Stop and Shop store. Prosecutors are expected to argue that one of the men is Komisarjevsky. (AP Photo/Connecticut Judicial Branch)
This photo released by the Connecticut Judicial Branch as evidence presented Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 in the Joshua Komisarjevsky trial in New Haven, Conn., Superior Court, shows two men at an ATM banking machine at a Stop and Shop store. Prosecutors are expected to argue that one of the men is Komisarjevsky. (AP Photo/Connecticut Judicial Branch)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN

Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Jurors today saw rope and pantyhose used to tie up two girls left to die in a fire during a brutal home invasion in 2007, as well as their charred beds and the containers that held the gasoline used to fuel the fire.

The evidence was presented by prosecutors in the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

His co-defendant, Steven Hayes, was convicted last year of strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Hayes was sentenced to death.

Komisarjevsky admits to beating Hawke-Petit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, with a bat and molesting his younger daughter after cutting off her clothes with scissors, but blames Hayes for the three killings.

Prosecutors also showed jurors the girl’s cut bra and scissors found in her room.

The Petit home in Cheshire was doused in gas and set on fire after the girls were tied to their beds. Petit was tied up as well, but managed to escape to a neighbor’s house to get help.

A dog trained to detect gas found spots believed to be accelerants on the floor of the girls’ bedrooms, in the hallway and on a staircase, Connecticut State Police Sgt. Karen Gabianelli said.

Jurors also were shown melted plastic containers that contained the gas and the victims’ charred clothes.

Michaela’s clothes had bleach stains, Gabianelli said. Hayes’ attorney said during his trial that Komisarjevsky had poured bleach on her clothes to try to eliminate his DNA.

Authorities seized Michaela’s purple cellphone from Komisarjevsky after he was arrested, Gabianelli said.

Hayes and Komisarjevsky have tried to escalate the crime, but prosecutors say both men are responsible.

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.