Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jurors must look at graphic evidence

The jury in the Joshua Komisarjesvky trial on Wednesday was shown graphic photos of the bodies of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17 and Michaela, 11.

While the Connecticut Judicial Department during the trial of co-defendant Steven Hayes, released numerous copies of photos that are evidence in this case, the photos of the deceased Petit family members have never been released.

The photos here, however, depict some of the massive damage that occurred during the fire in the Petit home. 

These photos were initially released during the Hayes trial.

The photo at top shows the Petit's family room after the intense and fast moving fire.
The other photos were taken in bedrooms. Both girls were tied to their beds.  In Michaela's room, according to testimony during the Hayes trial. investigators found the soot-covered Louisville Slugger baseball bat, shown, that was allegedly used to beat Dr. William Petit Jr., the sole survivor of the home invasion.
The girls died of smoke inhalation; Hawke-Petit was strangled.

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