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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a home invasion told jurors Tuesday that he was attacked with a baseball bat in the middle of the night and described how he fell, crawled and rolled in his frantic escape to a neighbor’s house.
It’s the second time Dr. William Petit Jr. has had to talk a jury through the 2007 ordeal that left his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, dead.
Dr. Petit told the jury that he awoke to a warm liquid running down his face and initially wasn’t sure if it was a dream. He said he saw two people, one of whom said, “If he moves, put a bullet in him.”
Dr. Petit, who had blood in one of his eyes, said he was tied up and later moved to the basement, saying he held onto the rails with his fingertips so he didn’t fall. He was tied to a pole.
He said that at one point he heard loud thumping sounds on the floor and his wife moaning. Then he said he heard a voice say, “Don’t worry — everything will be over in a couple of minutes.”
“It sounded much more serious, much more sinister,” Dr. Petit said of the voice.
Dr. Petit said he struggled for hours to free himself, but the ties got tighter. “I think there were times I would fade a bit and slump against the pole,” he said.
As he slumped, Dr. Petit said, his weight apparently loosened the ropes, and he was able to free himself.
Dr. Petit said he wasn’t sure of the intentions of the men. He noted that there were two of them, that one of the men had a gun and that his feet were bound, so fighting back wasn’t an option.
“I didn’t think it would be a good match,” he said.
Dr. Petit said he hopped up some stairs to a basement door. He said he fell down, crawled and rolled across a lawn to a neighbor’s house.
Dr. Petit said it felt as if his heart was going to explode out of his chest.
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