New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) - The jury has ruled that Joshua Komisarjevsky will be executed for his role in the Cheshire home invasion murders.
The jury has ruled that Komisarjevsky will been sentenced to death for six of the six counts concerning the deaths of the Petit women:
- For causing Hayley Petit's death during a kidnapping
- For causing Jennifer Hawke-Petit's death during a kidnapping
- For killing of Hayley Petit in the course of a kidnapping
- For killing Michaela Petit in the course of a kidnapping
- For killing Michaela Petit, who was under the age of 16 (she was 11 when she was killed)
- For the murder of Michaela Petit in course of sexual assault
A News 8 reporter was in the courtroom and tweeted : "A few jurors staring at K omisarjevsky, he is not looking at them, keeps his gaze on the court clerk with hands behind his back."
Deliberations began Monday in the penalty phase of the trial. Komisarjevsky was convicted in October of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley Petit and Michaela Petit.
Komisarjevsky's attorney then asked to poll the jury, so each juror stood and the clerk went through the six counts with each of the 12 jurors.
A News 8 reporter noted that the jurors look exhausted, but listened carefully to the clerk as she read their decision.
Only Komisarjevsky's uncle was in the courtroom while the verdicts were being read.
After all the jurors were polled, Judge Jon Blue took a moment to address the members of the jury.
"The cautions you've worked under graciously have been lifted," said Judge Jon Blue, "you're free to say what you want, but don't jeopardize the integrity of your work. You've done something that many find impossible, you accepted a profound task. This case has been a burden."
Komisarjevsky's official sentencing will be January 27 at Friday at 10 a.m.
Court was dismissed at 5:10 p.m.
The courthouse sits on the corner Church and Wall Streets, and following the trial, Wall Street was shut down.
"I believe we have a good justice system. I believe God's will has been done," said Cynthia Hawke-Renn, Jennifer Hawke-Petit's sister said.
"From the beginning we felt Komisarjevsky was the leader; this is a case of sexual predation," said Dr. William Petit's sister, Johanna Petit Chapman.
Dr. Petit told the media that he does not want to hear an apology from Komisarjevsky. He felt that justice was done. "I don't believe there is ever closure. At least we think justice has been served, four years, four and a half months," he said.
"Speaking on behalf of my family, we are united in expressing are apologies to the Petit and Hawke families," said Komisarjevsky's uncle, Chris.
Chris Komisarjevsky said they will shed tears, but their tears will be for the victims. Defense attorney Jeremiah Donovan didn't appreciate that.
"I suppose with relatives like that, who needs enemies? One of the things we tried to do during the course of the trial was to show just how dysfunctional the Komisarjevsky family is," said Donovan.
Juror Timothy Anderson spoke to News 8 about the decision making process.
"We made decisions collectively, there was no bickering or arguing," said Anderson. "I sobbed a little bit, it was a long and grueling process. I do believe I was the only one fighting for life in a sense. The way he grew up, the way his mother raised him, that made a difference to me."
Steven Hayes, who was also in on the crime, was sentenced to death after his trial, and he currently sits on death row.
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