Joshua Komisarjevsky Guilty in Connecticut Home Invasion Case


Verdict in Connecticut Home Invasion Murders

Only Dr. Petit survived. Left battered and bound in the basement, he managed to escape to a neighbor's house. As he did in the last trial, Dr. Petit sat in the first row every day and endured the often difficult testimony.

Petit, surrounded by his family outside the courthouse, told reporters that this trial was even more difficult than the first because of the focus on the sexual molestation of his 11-year-old daughter, Michaela.

In his audiotaped statement that was played in court Komisarjevsky referred to the child as "KK," a family nickname for the girl. It was that kind of familiarity that "nauseated" his family, said Dr. Petit in a press conference after the verdict was read.

His father-in-law the Rev. Richard Hawke also spoke outside the courtroom after the verdict was read and said that faith got the family through this horrible ordeal.

Komisarjevsky's legal team asked for several mistrials, lashed out at the Petit family for wearing pins in support of their charitable foundation, and for staging "stunts" in the courtroom, like walking out en masse during difficult testimony.

Dr. Petit said Komisarjevsky's lawyers were "definitely a lot more aggressive and tougher on us" than Hayes' lawyers during the first trial.

Despite his combative legal tactics, Komisarjevsky sounded differently when he wrote the following in prison diaries that were later published in a book. "I am what I am and make no excuses," wrote Komisarjevsky. "I am a criminal with a criminal's mind, and my anticipated death sentence will be a sentence of mercy."

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