Petit Murder Trial Continues: Jurors Shown Pictures, CCTV Footage
The Murder Trail of Steven Hayes Continues For the Deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Petit and Michaela Petit - Dr. William Petit is the Only Surviving Family Member
It was an emotional day for the jury at the Petit murder and rape trial, as they were shown photos of the crime scene and CCTV footage of Jennifer Hawke-Petit pleading with a bank teller to give her money just forty minutes before she was killed.
Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky have been charged in the deaths of the three women.
Steven Hayes is charged with sexually assaulting and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit, while Joshua Komisarjevsky is charged with sexually assaulting Michaela; both suspects then allegedly tied the two young girls to their beds, poured gas on them and set the house on fire.
These CCTV images show Jennifer Hawke-Petit at the bank withdrawing $15,000 for Hayes and Komisarjevsky and these were shown, along with crime scene photos, to the jury on Thursday.
Many jurors were reduced to tears as they were the shown photos of the crime scene where Mrs Hawke-Petit was subsequently raped, murdered and then burned in a fire allegedly started by the accused.
Some other photos showed the two daughters, one of whom was still tied to the bed where she had died.
The photos were so traumatic that Judge Jon Blue ended the day's proceedings early due to the 'harrowing experience'.
Jennifer Hawke-Petit had been made to go get the money with Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky and she told the bank teller that she, her two daughter, and Dr. William Petit were being held hostage. Branch Manager Mary Lyons did call 911 and that recording was played to the court room. Ms. Lyons described Ms. Hawke-Petit as 'petrified' and said the two men in the car had their faces covered.
Ms. Lyons did say that the man had told Jennifer that if she got them the money then her family would not be hurt, which was not true.
After a description of the car was put out on police radio, about six cars were deployed around the Petit home, but it was already too late. The police have been criticized for reacting too slow to the situation as they set up roadblocks and closed off roads, all while the two suspects strangled the daughters and Jennifer and set the house on fire.
Police could then not enter the house as it was on fire.
Dr. William Petit managed to escape and go to a neighbor's house for help, but it was too late for the rest of his family.
The prosecution is asking for the death penalty for Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, even though they have offered to plead guilty in exchange for life sentences.