Accused Killers Sent Joking Texts Before Conn. Home Invasion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Jurors in a capital murder trial heard stark, chilling evidence about how three victims died, and how their alleged killers joked while they planned the infamous Cheshire home invasion.

The horror in New Haven deepens with every piece of evidence, reports CBS 2’s Lou Young.

On Thursday, the court heard testimony about the indifference of the accused killer, who joked in text messages with his alleged accomplice on the night of the deadly home invasion.

“I’m chomping at the bit to get started,” Steven Hayes sent to his accomplice, Josh Komersarjevsky. “I need a margarita soon.”

The younger man answered that he was tending to his own family, just hours before allegedly destroying someone else’s.

“I’m putting the kid to bed,” Komersarjevsky texted back. “Hold your horses.”

But Hayes was impatient.

“We still on,” he asked Komersarjevsky. And finally, “Dude, the horses want to get loose. Lol.”

Hayes looked unmoved in court, sitting sheepishly at the defense table in a plaid shirt. He was 30 pounds lighter than on the day of the crime three years ago, and missing all of the apparent bravado he had before allegedly committing such heinous acts.

He and Komersarjevsky allegedly took over the home of Dr. William Petit and murdered his wife and two daughters, burning the house down in the process. The scene is now a memorial, and neighbors attended the trial to see the man accused of such horror.

“I live in that town, I grew up there – we never locked our doors, we always felt safe,” Cheshire resident Irma DeFransesco said. “He’s brought sorrow to the whole town. No one could get it out of their minds.”

Police found pictures of the young victims tied to their beds on the younger defendant’s cell phone, and jurors on Thursday learned that the victims died horrible deaths.

The teens burned from gasoline-fed flames, even as they died of smoke inhalation. The mother strangled before being set on fire.

Surveillance video of Hayes buying $10 worth of gas at a nearby station was introduced only Wednesday.

The state could rest its case against Steven Hayes next week, but the defense and the penalty phase of this death penalty trial means it is far from over.

The sole survivor of the Cheshire attack, Dr. William Petit, stepped out of the courtroom for the most graphic testimony on Thursday. Hayes and Komersarjevsky are being tried separately.


One Comment

  1. BW says:

    What’s particularly horrifying are the shortsighted people commenting attempting to outdo the suspects in sheer savagery.

  2. denny says:

    they should be tortured daily till they die, they deserve it

  3. fern says:

    I’m against the death penalty and it’s execution, I know I’m right philosophically but in this case who wants to be right.

  4. C says:

    Such HORRIBLE HORRIBLE Creatures in the form of Human Beings. No matter what their earthly fate shall be….They will sufferly eternally in the end far worse then any of us could ever imagine.

  5. JB says:

    I Wish I COULD GET MY HANDS ON THIS P. OF SHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Kalo says:

    The way the victims died is the way these evil individuals need to die!

  7. jim says:


  8. Kalo says:

    Bring back the real captial punishments such as public hanging or firing squads but with a modern day twist…let these evil low life’s see it coming!

  9. tom says:

    anthill and a few stakes would serve very well.

  10. coco says:

    I’m chomping at the bit to get started on seeing them get what they so richly deserve.

  11. John says:

    This horrific incident reminds me of the movie Law Abiding Citizen, but these two animals deserve worse then what the criminals in the movie got! Even torture for life would be too good for them. They destroyed a family! It is sad know the victims died such a horrifying death. One of the girls just graduated from high school and was off to college. As a student graduating this year, it is really sad to see this happen to her. The other was 11 years old, still had a long way to go, but her life was ended before she could lead a successful life.

  12. Mary says:

    No punishment would really be severe enough really at a loss here hell might even be too good for them !!

  13. jtorres says:

    I’m usually opposed to the death penalty but in this case… they are both a waste of space and life.

  14. elizabethsrikachorn says:

    Tied both of them pour gasoline and light it.

  15. liz says:

    I am thinking about the Micahel Madsen scene with the cop in Resevior Dogs . Thats what they should get. Suffer and die a very slow painful death. These low lifes should not die a quick death.

  16. liwingnut says:

    Please…can we execute them now ?

  17. kathy says:

    I’m thinking, if there was ever a reason for an eye for an eye…

  18. Tom G says:

    yup- they’ll never get what they deserve- but death will have to do!

  19. gp says:

    why give them death they just put a needle in your arm these people burned to death while alive

    1. jt says:

      where’s yellow mama when you need her?

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