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Conn. jury sees texts between 2 men in home-invasion case

- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Jurors on Wednesday saw text messages between two men charged with killing a woman and her two young daughters, including a message in which one man told the other he was "chomping at the bit to get started."

Prosecutors showed the texts that Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes sent to each other in the hours before the deadly home invasion in July 2007 in Cheshire. Hayes was convicted and sentenced to death last year. Mr. Komisarjevsky is on trial and could join him on death row if he's convicted.

"I'm chomping at the bit to get started," Hayes wrote, according to testimony. "Need a margarita soon."

After Hayes sends another text later, Mr. Komisarjevsky replies that he's putting his 5-year-old daughter to bed, adding, "Hold your horses."

"Dude," Hayes responds, "the horses want to get loose. LOL."

Authorities also showed jurors explicit cellphone photos Mr. Komisarjevsky took of 11-year-old Michaela Petit, who died of smoke inhalation along with her 17-year-old sister, Hayley. The two girls were tied to their beds and left to die in a fire authorities say the men set after dousing the house with gas.

Connecticut lab officials told jurors that blood samples turned up no alcohol or illegal drugs in the two men.

Hayes was convicted last year of strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing the girls.

Mr. Komisarjevsky admits he beat Dr. William Petit Jr. with a bat and molested his younger daughter, but he blames Hayes for the three killings. Hayes blamed Mr.  Komisarjevsky. Prosecutors say both men are equally responsible.

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