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Komisarjevsky Found Guilty On 17 Counts

October 13, 2011 by John Rook

Joshua Komisarjevsky was found guilty on all 17 charges against him, including six capital counts that could carry the death penalty as punishment.
The jury, which had deliberated for more than eight hours between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, rendered its decision a little before 4 p.m. on Oct. 13.
Komisarjevsky will now enter the penalty phase of his trial, which is scheduled to start on Oct. 24, and could last upwards of two months as his defense team tries to spare him from lethal injection, the method used on death row inmates in the state of Connecticut.
Komisarjevsky was arrested on July 23, 2007 as he and accomplice Steven Hayes were found fleeing the Petit household in Cheshire. The two men had entered the home that night, beat Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the attack, with a baseball bat, held the family hostage in order to extort $15,000, and eventually murdered the three women — Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. Hawke-Petit was raped and strangled by Hayes while the two daughters died after Komisarjevsky and Hayes doused the entire house with gasoline and lit it on fire.
Below are the charges that were filed against Komisarjevsky:

1.) Aided Steven Hayes in Murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit
2.) Murder of Hayley Petit
3.) Murder of Michaela Petit
4.) Intentionally Caused the Deaths of Two or More People
5.) Intentionally Caused the Death of Persons 16 Years of Age or Younger
6.) First-Degree Kidnapping (William Petit)
7.) First-Degree Kidnapping (Jennifer Hawke-Petit)
8.) First-Degree Kidnapping (Hayley Petit)
9.) First-Degree Kidnapping (Michaela Petit)
10.) Intentionally Caused Death of Jennifer Hawke-Petit in the Course of Kidnapping
11.) Intentionally Caused Death of Hayley Petit in the Course of Kidnapping
12.) Intentionally Casued Death of Michaela Petit in Course of Kidnapping
13.) First-Degree Sexual Assault
14.) Intentionally Casued Death of Michaela Petit in the Course of Sexual Assault
15.) First-Degree Burglary
16.) First-Degree arson
17.) Second-Degree Assault

Steven Hayes, Komisarjevsky's accomplice, was found guilty on all but one count last year, and was subsequently sentenced to death.
For more on this story as it becomes available, check back to The Cheshire Herald website. For a full recap of the verdict, see next week's Cheshire Herald.

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