The murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, 48, Hayley Petit, 17, and Michaela Petit, 11,and beating of William Petit in the family’s Connecticut home in 2007 were a particularly brutal and senseless crime. But executing the murderers, rather than sentencing them to life in jail without the possibility of parole, will just add another young girl to the list of victims.
The 9-year-old daughter of convicted killer Joshua Komisarjevsky testified via videotape today in a bid to save the violent Connecticut home invader from the death penalty.
Jurors in the death penalty phase of Komisarjevsky’s trial watched the 20-minute videotape and listened as the girl laughed, and talked about a best friend and how much she loved animals.
She also discussed her father, who she referred to as Josh, not “dad,” saying he was a man she used to play with at her grandparents’ home. She said he had gone to jail for “something he had done at work.”
The girl lived with her grandparents at the time of the 2007 murders. She is not being identified to protect her privacy…
Komisarjevsky’s daughter was interviewed by Caroline Burry, a social worker, last weekend, but did not know she was being taped.
Burry took the stand after the videotape was played and testified that if Komisarjevsky was executed it could be “very damaging” to the girl, who is currently living with her maternal aunt. Her name has been changed and it is believed that none of her friends knows about her father’s crimes.
Photo: Courtesy Connecticut State Police