More Anguish: Cheshire Readies For Death Penalty Trial 2

Trial Of Alleged Mastermind Komisarjevsky Could Be Longer

CHESHIRE, Conn. (CBS 2) — The stage is now set for another death penalty trial in the home invasion murders of a mother and her two children in Connecticut.

A day after a jury gave Steven Hayes a death sentence, the focus now turns to his co-defendant — the person Hayes has fingered as the mastermind.

The new owner of the house where the accused killer once lived asked CBS 2’s Lou Young not to take pictures.

“It’s very difficult. It’s very difficult for everyone,” Cheshire resident Ray Bennet said.

Joshua Komisarjevsky was 26 years old in the summer of 2007 when the Petit home became a killing ground. It’s now a memorial park for the victims. That the adopted son of an affluent local couple would be accused of the crimes here is almost beyond belief.

cheshire suspects More Anguish: Cheshire Readies For Death Penalty Trial 2

Suspects Joshua Komisarjevsky, left, and Steven Hayes, were arraigned on multiple charges in Cheshire, Conn., on July 24, 2007. (Credit: File/CBS 2)

The younger defendant seemed to play the lead role in the horror that occurred in Cheshire. He was the experienced burglar. He allegedly used the baseball bat to beat Dr. William Petit and police found photos of the Petit girls on his cell phone, taken inside the house during the crimes.

He also knew the area well. He grew up in Cheshire. His adoptive parents lived less than two miles from here.

Bennet told CBS 2 that Komisarjevsky grew up in a good home in a nice community. So what could have possibly gone wrong?

“I have, have no idea,” Bennet said.

Komisarjevsky has a 5-year-old daughter, and a former girlfriend who may have been part of his motive for robbing the Petit home. The paroled ex-convict allegedly told her he was going to get $15,000 to reunite them in Connecticut – the precise amount of money Jennifer Hawke-Petit was asked to withdraw from a bank before she and her daughters were murdered.

The girlfriend, Caroline Mesel, who lives out of state, said she now despises him.

“I get so mad thinking about it. I kind of wish I could do to him what he did to the girls. I kind of wish he could just feel exactly what they went through,” Mesel said during a recent interview.

Young has learned the penalty phase of Komisarjevsky’s trial will contain evidence of childhood abuse, drugs and psychological problems. Experts said it will be longer than the Hayes trial.

“I think you’re going to see quite a few potential mitigating factors being put before the jury and the court,” former prosecutor Chris Morani told Young.

The second Cheshire trial begins after the first of the year in New Haven.

In personal writings Komisarjevsky fancied himself as a dedicated burglar who enjoyed breaking into homes, sometimes with the help of night vision goggles. He met Hayes in a half-way house awaiting parole.

Before the Cheshire killings neither had a previous history of violence.

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  1. Edward Cisneros says:

    Who the heck is Chris Morani? There’s a quote in the article but no reference…good reporting.

  2. fern says:

    Dan Te you are right there must have been criminal negligence.

  3. mstonemd says:

    As for Bennet’s bewilderment about “what went wrong” with Komisarjevsky, nothing “went wrong” after he was born and adopted. The problem was — bad seed: he was born with a predisposition to behave in antisocial ways, which already became apparent in his adolescence. He is a pure example of Bad Seed, because his adoptive parents were very nice, non-abusive, nurturing people. But no one likes to talk about the higher risk of adopted males ending up with violent or criminal tendencies in this ngeneration – but there it is. He is another poster child for the death penalty – but I’ll never live long enough to see him executed, with our crazy legal system

  4. Richee says:

    By the time this trash is executed we will all be dead of old age.

    1. MC says:

      THE LONGER WE WAIT THE MORE WEARY FOR THAT S.O.B HE WAS ADOPTED GROWN BY LOVIN CARING FOLKS WHEN A CHILD IS ADOPTED tHEY AN aLL NEVER REALLY KNOW WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM… LET HIM ROT AN WAIT IN DESPAIR FOR HIS FATE AN THAT HAYES GOT AWAY EASY DEATH WAS TOO LEINENT FOR HIM SHOULD HAVE LET HIM ROT ON DEATHS ROW FOR WTH WAS HE TOO TAKE LIVES HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER TO A HIGHER COURT HOPEFULLY (( WITHOUT ANY PITY }} MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE DR, LONE SURVIVER HE’LL NEVER BE A SURVIVER AFTER THIS
      GOD BLESS HIM XOXO MC

  5. DanTe says:

    And what were the cops doing while the rape and murder was going on? Oh yeah, right outside waiting for the donut call.

    Put those idiot cops on trial too – for criminal negligence contributing to murderS.

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