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NEW HAVEN — A Connecticut man was condemned to death yesterday for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline, and left to die in a fire.


“You have been exposed to images of depravity and horror that no human being should have to see,’’ Blue said in thanking the jurors for their service.

Hayes’s lawyers had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion with a fellow paroled burglar. They called the codefendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, the mastermind, and said he escalated the violence. They also said Hayes was remorseful and wanted a death sentence.

But prosecutors said that both men were equally responsible and that the crime cried out for the death penalty, saying the victims were tormented for seven hours before they were killed.

— A Connecticut man was condemned to death yesterday for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline, and left to die in a fire.

Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes to death row after deliberating over four days. Judge Jon Blue is expected to impose the sentence Dec. 2.

“You have been exposed to images of depravity and horror that no human being should have to see,’’ Blue said in thanking the jurors for their service.


Hayes’s lawyers had tried to persuade jurors to spare him the death penalty by portraying him as a clumsy, drug-addicted thief who never committed violence until the 2007 home invasion with a fellow paroled burglar.

They called the codefendant, Joshua Komisarjevsky, the mastermind, and said he escalated the violence. They also said Hayes was remorseful and wanted a death sentence.

But prosecutors said that both men were equally responsible and that the crime cried out for the death penalty, saying the victims were tormented for seven hours before they were killed.


Authorities said Hayes and Komisarjevsky broke into the house, beat William Petit, and forced his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, to withdraw money from a bank while the rest of her family remained as hostages at home. Hayes then sexually assaulted and strangled her, authorities said. Komisarjevsky is charged with sexually assaulting their 11-year-old daughter, Michaela.

Michaela and her 17-year-old sister, Hayley, were tied to their beds and doused in gasoline before the men set the house on fire, according to testimony. The girls died of smoke inhalation.

The crime was so unsettling that it became a key issue in the death penalty debate in the governor’s race and led to tougher Connecticut laws for repeat offenders and home invasions.

“Michaela was an 11-year-old little girl tortured and killed in her own bedroom, surrounded by stuffed animals,’’ he said, his voice cracking. He said his older daughter, Hayley, had a great future, and his wife, a nurse, had helped many children at the hospitals where she worked.

Hayes’s lawyers focused heavily on Komisarjevsky, even calling a witness who said his “completely dead eyes’’ made him look like the devil. They cited his writings in which he described how his “dark shadow was let loose’’ as he beat the doctor and the pleasure he got from terrorizing the man’s wife and two daughters.

Komisarjevsky’s writings, however, also blamed Hayes for escalating the violence by strangling Hawke-Petit.

Prosecutors said it was Hayes who initiated the crime because he was financially desperate. They also said Hayes took Hawke-Petit to the bank to withdraw money, raped and strangled her, bought the gasoline, and poured it in the house.

During the trial, jurors heard eight days of gruesome testimony and saw photos of the victims, charred beds, rope, ripped clothing, and ransacked rooms.

Johanna Petit Chapman, William Petit’s sister, said the family sympathized with the jurors for the emotional pain the case inflicted on them as they viewed pictures of the crime scene and heard details of the deaths.

“I was crying on the inside knowing what they were looking at,’’ she said.

Hayes was convicted of six capital felony charges, three murder counts, and two charges of sexual assault. The capital offenses were for killing two or more people, the killing of a person under 16, murder in the course of a sexual assault, and three counts of intentionally causing a death during a kidnapping. He was sentenced to death for all six.

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Jason Rees wrote:
Van, was this the link you meant to share?
Delivery Man Murder Follow-up



Yes, Jason, that's it. :(

Always remember: the best chance we will have is a combination of extreme vigilance and a judicial force continuum from empty hands to weapons of one nature or another.

Empty hands skills alone won't get anyone very far in spite of dreams.

Today on the streets we will face extreme evil, multiple depraved and armed opponents.

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Court testimony painted this picture of the crime: In the early morning of Oct. 4, 2009, Jaimie lay asleep with her mother in the same bed as Spader entered the secluded home, which he chose at random, intent on killing the occupants and stealing their valuables. Three other intruders with him were armed with knives.

Once inside, two coconspirators said, Spader and Christopher Gribble, also of Brookline, N.H., walked into the master bedroom, using the light from an iPod that Spader had taken from Jaimie’s bedroom.

Kimberly stirred and asked: “Jaimie, is that you? Who’s there?’’

She reached for the light, but the power had been turned off. Spader and Gribble, now on either side of the bed, began to hack, slash, and stab the pair. Jaimie cried out: “You don’t have to do this! Please! Stop!’’

Kimberly warned her daughter and pleaded with her assailants. “Jaimie, run!’’ she said. “Please don’t do it! No, please, no!’’

In what might have been her final words, Kimberly called to her daughter: “It’s OK; everything will be OK.’’

Kimberly, who had been hacked and stabbed 32 times, apparently died after Gribble used his knife to cut her throat, according to testimony. Jaimie, who had jumped from the bed and lay crumpled against a sliding-glass door, pretended to be dead. She suffered 18 wounds and a final blow to the head from Spader’s machete.

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An Everett man was arraigned yesterday in Malden District Court on charges in a fatal stabbing outside an Everett pizzeria late Sunday night, according to the Middlesex district attorney’s office. Jamar Leaston, 20, pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and assault and battery, said Cara O’Brien, spokeswoman for the district attorney.

Leaston allegedly fought with Nicholas Mackay, 29, of Everett outside Nana’s Pizzeria on Main Street just before 10 p.m. Sunday. Police found Mackay suffering from stab wounds and transported him to Whidden Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Leaston is being held without bail and will return to court Dec. 13.

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Quincy man claimed self-defense yesterday in the stabbing Monday of a motorist who was angry at him for blocking traffic during an episode of road rage that virtually froze traffic on Morrissey Boulevard for hours at the height of the evening commute.

Tweet 1 person Tweeted thisYahoo! Buzz ShareThis Colum Flaherty, 62, said through his lawyer that he was trying to fend off a physical assault by a man who complained that Flaherty was blocking traffic after he was involved in a car accident.

The man then started screaming and punching at Flaherty, he said.

“He was scared to death,’’ said Flaherty’s court-appointed lawyer, Jose Vincenty.

“He seemed like a decent man who was involved in a minor accident and road rage got in the way.’’

Flaherty, a burly man who is on disability after undergoing heart surgery recently, his lawyer said, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Dorchester District Court to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. With his wife of 26 years in court with him, he was released on $500 cash bail. The case was continued to Jan. 5.

The other driver and the alleged stabbing victim, Michael McDevitt, 54, also of Quincy, was issued a summons to appear in court at a later date on charges of assault, assault and battery on a person over 60, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and disorderly conduct.

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