- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - Information documenting calls to police during a 2007 home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead show that officers tried to intercept the vehicle in which the woman was driven to a bank shortly before she and the girls were killed.

Filings by lawyers for convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky show an officer was blocks from the bank when Komisarjevksy’s partner, Steven Hayes, drove Jennifer Hawke-Petit to withdraw money, The Hartford Courant (https://cour.at/1McAW0A ) reported Friday.

Documents indicate a responding officer was instructed to “head down toward that area and see if we can intercept this car,” but it’s not clear if he did. Cheshire police Chief Neil Dryfe said he couldn’t comment on the specific phone call to the officer or what he may have done afterward.

Komisarjevsky had been holding Hawke-Petit’s daughters, Hayley and Michaela Petit, as captives. When Hayes and Hawke-Petit returned from the bank, the victims were tied up, two of them were sexually assaulted and their bodies were found after the home was set on fire. Hawke-Petit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, was severely beaten but survived.

Police set up a roadblock and captured Hayes and Komisarjevsky as they fled the burning house. They were convicted of murder and sentenced to die before Connecticut’s highest court struck down the death penalty.

Calls to Cheshire police form the basis of Komisarjevsky’s request for a new trial. Defense lawyers say police did not release several calls, which have been turned over to prosecutors and are being considered evidence for a possible court hearing.

Komisarjevsky’s lawyers say police withheld evidence - recorded phone calls to the dispatch center from a private line or cellphones.

Dryfe said all the information has been turned over to New Haven State’s Attorney Michael Dearington for review.


Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com

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