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-- trial testimony has resumes now in the horrific 2007 home invasion murder case in Connecticut that's gripped the nation.
An investigator taking a stand today saying the two men accused of brutally rape -- and killing this mother and her two daughters.
Exchanged text messages just -- -- -- they carried out the attack.
The father and husband of the victims forced to re live that horrific day in court.
Tom Lewis of WTIC in Hartford Connecticut.
Filed this report for us.
-- -- get a heartbreaking testimony in the murder trial of Stephen -- much of what was learned yesterday came from police interrogation of the suspect.
What Stephen Hayes admitted to rape beating and killing Jennifer Hawke Petit and giving a very bizarre explanation.
For doing what he did also jurors were introduced.
Do some very graphic cell phone pictures taken of Joshua commissar just -- Sexually assaulting an eleven year old -- -- also the chief medical examiner took the stand and told exactly how these young girls died.
The testimony from state police detective -- -- Leone was graphic.
-- -- had interrogated -- moments after his arrest and Hayes was telling the detectives that he had to -- to Jennifer Hawke Petit.
After Joshua -- -- -- sexually assaulted eleven year old Michaela.
He said commas or just he ordered him to -- Jennifer to square things up.
And adding to the heartbreak cell phone pictures taken by commissar -- -- of what he did with the -- its youngest daughter.
He's painted a picture of two career criminals desperate for money of a robbery that went horrific we wrong.
The medical examiner testified about the final moments of Hayley and Michaela saying so it was found in the killer's voice box -- of smoke inhalation when the house was set on fire.
Both bodies were burned but doctor Wayne carver couldn't say whether the burns occurred while the girls were still alive after the day's testimony doctor Petit briefly spoke with the media outside the courthouse was another.
Tough and painful day for the -- committed families.
Also included in the testimony of that state police sergeant -- detailed description of just exactly.
How this all went down saying that the two -- and commissar -- went to Wal-Mart.
Lots of BB guns intended to simply.
-- and apparently everything went bad from that point on they set -- had a basement.
Drinking beer or trying to figure out a way to get out of this when doctor -- eventually -- the house.
That is when the two suspects -- set the home on fire out today doctor carver the chief medical examiner will once again take the stand.
No doubt giving some more very graphic testimony.
Reporting -- New Haven, Connecticut Tom Lewis Fox News.
And I thanks a -- for that report.
While -- bookie is the Pettit family spokesperson and treasure of the petty Family Foundation the group that now.
Tries to help the Petit family and causes that were dear to their hearts.
Ron thank you so much for being here.
You know I have to tell you this case -- so.
Emotional even for those of us who are on the outside of that I can imagine what it's like for you in the Petit family.
The reports of doctor -- Having to leave the courtroom.
As the autopsy was discussed by the medical examiner of him breaking down when they showed the photos of his family.
And just you don't know where to begin I wanna I wanna talk to you about.
The death penalty because this case has become a referendum on -- and we had a former federal prosecutor.
A lawyer of note on this program earlier this week.
Who made the argument that this should not be a death penalty case saying that it's not the State's business.
To put people to death and if that's the result in this case the state is no better than these two animals who are on trial in this case wanna give you the chance to respond.
Well I I would disagree with that.
And but the fact is we do have that have in the state Connecticut and if you do have laws that this state in the prosecutors in the state prosecutor and there are.
Required to enforce those laws.
And visited the fact that someone may disagree whether we liquidity it should be there that the fact is that we you have a long ago.
And it there's been some confusion.
To people believe that that doctor -- in the -- -- family.
Have -- any control over whether the the the prosecutor.
Goes after the death penalty or just -- of life in prison without parole.
And the -- in the hawks do not have any say in this matter it's it's up to the prosecutor.
And the prosecutor has decided and I think correctly decided to go after the death of -- and quite simply it's if if you don't prosecute something as horrific as this.
As -- death penalty case.
What could you ever prosecuted as -- death penalty case.
So I think that that this state is it is in within their powers to do that and I think doctor -- who.
Supported the death penalty in certain cases before this happened certainly supports it -- Ron how does he do it -- You know the jurors -- broke down in tears the jurors.
Broke down in tears when they saw the photos of those poor young girls murdered and their mother murdered.
And how does doctor Pettit a loving family man who escaped within an inch of his own life.
How does he sit -- courtroom and go through that day yesterday.
Well I think it speaks to fit the -- community is he is.
You know focus.
And getting justice for his family.
And then that is the sole focus -- and he is doing everything he can't.
Two -- himself to move forward to get through this and unfortunately after this case is done he has to go through another one.
And go all over with with new horrific details that everyone else we'll see -- The -- -- -- they they they live with this for three years.
It's every day for them so.
Again I mean you're arrange their courage is overwhelming -- up against -- -- break I'm sorry to cut the short but I want to tell people that have -- family.
Foundation dot org if you want to help this family their logo is three -- a mother bird and two younger birds.
In a wing and a heart shape we'll be right back.
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