NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 11:47 AM
Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her two daughters, Hayley, top left and Michaela were murdered during a home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. in 2007. Husband and father William Petit Jr.(right) was able to escape.
New details in the case of a grisly 2007 home invasion and murder of the Cheshire, Conn. mother and her two daughters show that cops were sent to stop the car driven by one of the killers moments before the gruesome crimes.
Police were ordered to find the vehicle driven by convicted murderer, Steven Hayes, while he took Jennifer Hawke-Petit to the bank to withdraw $ 15,000 before returning to the Petit home, where he and accomplice, Joshua Komisarjevsky, committed the sickening crimes.
A phone call was made between police stating, “head down toward that area and see if we can intercept this car,” according to court documents filed by lawyers for Komisarjevsky.
An officer was within blocks of the bank at the time, but it’s not clear if they ever approached the Chrysler Pacifica, the Hartford Courant reported.
Cops had previously never confirmed that they were looking for the car being driven by Hayes.
Komisarjevsky’s lawyers are now arguing that police withheld evidence of the phone calls that were made to dispatch from private lines or cell phones, according to the court documents.
Joshua Komisarjevsky’s lawyers are asking for a new trial after being charged with murder in 2007 for the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.
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Steven Hayes was charged in the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.
When Hayes and Hawke-Petit returned from the bank, the mother was raped and strangled while her younger daughter, Michaela, 11, was sexually assaulted before she and Hayley, 17, were also killed, according to police.
The torture occurred over seven terrifying hours inside the family’s home.
All of the victims were tied up before the home was set on fire. The bodies were discovered inside the burning home.
Husband and father, William Petit, was brutally beaten, but survived the invasion.
Both Komisarjevsky and Hayes were captured as they fled the burning home and crashed into a police cruiser.
A rear view of the Petit’s partially burned home in Cheshire, Conn. Six years after the home invasion where William Petit was severely beaten and his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters were killed.
The two were convicted of murder and initially sentenced to the death penalty.
Komisarjevsky’s lawyers are also asking for a new trial and that the conviction be overturned due to lack of evidence.
Court documents filed in 2014 also allege that that police response to the crimes were inadequate and that officers wasted time setting up perimeters before ever approaching the home.
Another officer was stationed blocks away from the Petit’s address, but was never told to approach the home, according to the documents.
The Hartford Courant reports that no date has been set for another hearing on the evidence.