Connecticut Home Invasion Survivor Lashes Out at Family's Suspected Killer

Dr. William Petit accuses suspected killer Steven Hayes of stalling trial.

ByABC News via logo
January 19, 2010, 10:45 PM

Feb. 2, 2010— -- The sole survivor of a brutal Connecticut home invasion that left his wife and teenage daughters dead is outraged that the suspects have the audacity to complain about the conditions in jail.

The crime horrified Connecticut residents -- Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Michaela, 11, and Hayley, 17 were beaten and left to die in their burning house after a 2007 burglary. When the triail of two men accused of the crime was scheduled, the father, Dr. William Petit, thought he was finally on the verge of justice. Then proceedingsl came to a standstill so the judge could consider the jail conditions complaint.

Steven Hayes, one of the two defendants in the case, is now saying through his lawyer that he's being treated inhumanely after being placed in an isolation cell following an apparent suicide attempt.

Among his complaints -- the lights are left on 24 hours a day and he is forced to eat with his hands rather than utensils.

"Somehow it was okay for the defendants to bind us and beat us and tape us and rape us and torture us and set the place on fire," Petit lashed out to reporters. "but you can't be held in a cell with the lights on? "

Police allege that Hayes, 47 and Joshua Komisarjevsky, 29, broke into the Petits' home in the early hours of July 23, 2007, tied up and beat Petit, tied up Michaela and Hayley, and sexually assaulted the youngest before setting the house on fire.

A judge has ordered a hearing on Hayes' complaints, putting the murder trial on hold.

"That's a little difficult to process in your brain, that somehow there is some comparison to what both of these guys have done, to what the state may be doing," Petit said.