Trial of Conn. home invasion suspect to resume Monday

Man accused along with one other of murdering a mother and her two daughters in 2007


Gabianelli testified that Michaela's shorts and T-shirt were burned and that she had been wearing them. She said Michaela's clothing was tested for traces of accelerant but did not testify on what the results were.

The sergeant also testified that a red pickup truck, registered to Hayes' boss, was found parked at the Stop & Shop near the Bank of America prosecutors say Hawke-Petit was taken to. Inside the truck was Hayes' wallet and Hayley's backpack, Gabianella testified.

Inside Hayeley's backpack were both Petit and Hayley's wallets. Found near the backpack was jewelry, Gabianella testified. In earlier testimony, Gabianella said jewelry was strewn about the bed in the Petit's master bedroom as though it had been rummaged through.

“Honestly, as victims of an awful crime like this, there are a lot of things you’ve never been told, and a lot of it is you’re here to support your deceased loved ones that can’t be here,” said Hawke-Petit’s sister, Cynthia Hawke-Petit.

Petit Recounts Morning Of Attack

Petit, the sole survivor of the attack, took the stand on Tuesday. On the stand for hours, Petit recounted the early-morning hours in which he was beaten with a baseball bat and tied up in his home's basement.

Petit told jurors he awoke to pain in his head and could feel blood running down his face. Petit said it was dark, but he could see the outline of two men, one of whom was holding a gun.

Petit testified that the men wanted to know if there was a safe in the house. He said he later heard one of the intruders order his wife to get the checkbooks so they could go to the bank and withdraw money.

Petit was able to free his hands and hop to a neighbor's home for help.

First Responders Testify

Cheshire Police Captain Robert Vignola said he received a call from dispatch about an apparent hostage situation. He said the initial call came in at 9:27 a.m. and was made by someone at Bank Of America, where Hawke-Petit was taken to withdraw funds.

Vignola said he drove by the Cheshire home at about 9:40 a.m., saw no activity, but began assigning men to the area around the home, and set up a command with a view of the driveway. He said he attempted to make a phone connection inside the home, but the phones had been disconnected.

Vignola said a short time later, he saw Hayes and Komisarjevsky run from the house and throw a bag into the family's car. He said they seemed excited, and Hayes slipped while running.

Vignola said he tried to block the driveway with his cruiser, but the family's Pacifica crashed into it. The officers drew their guns, but Vignola said the car kept going, eventually crashing into a blockade.

The captain said when officers went to clear the home, they noticed smoke was rising.

According to court testimony, firefighters found the body of Hawke-Petit in the family room, Hayley's body was found at the top of the stairs and Michaela was found on a bed with her hands tied to the bed post.

911 Calls From Inside Bank Released

On Wednesday afternoon, officials released the tapes of 911 calls made from inside the bank while Hawke-Petit withdrew the $15,000.

"We have a lady in the bank. Her name is Jennifer Petit," said the bank manager.

The 911 call from the bank set off a chain of events. Vignola testified about what happened as the information about a possible hostage situation was relayed to him, and defense attorneys are beginning to make the police response a focus of their case.

At 9:21 a.m.,

the first 911 call was made from inside the Bank of America. The incident was relayed to officers at 9:25 a.m.

At 9:27 a.m.,

the police units were told by the captain to not approach the Petit household.

At 9:36 a.m.,

the captain drove by the house.

At 9:44 a.m.,

Vignola ordered that a perimeter would be needed before any phone calls were placed into the Petit house. The captain assigned road blocks and began moving officers around at 9:45 a.m.

At 9:54 a.m.,

an officer heard someone, who turned out to be Dr. William Petit calling "Dave, Dave."