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article imageOp-Ed: Home invasion murderer Komisarjevsky sentenced to die

By Alexander Baron     Dec 9, 2011 in Crime
Cheshire - A second man has been sentenced to death in the terrible July 2007 home invasion murders case; Joshua Komisarjevsky will now join Steven Hayes in the long wait on Connecticut's death row.
It took a jury six weeks of hearing evidence and five days of careful deliberation during the penalty phase of his trial before they sentenced Joshua Komisarjevsky to die. It took Komisarjevsky and his partner-in-crime Steven Hayes just a few minutes to murder Dr William Petit's family.
On July 24, 2007, the Department of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut announced the following charges against Komisarjevsky and Hayes:
One Count - Assault in the First Degree
One Count – Aggravated Sexual Assault in First Degree
Four Counts – Kidnapping in the First Degree
One Count – Burglary in the First Degree
One Count – Arson in the First Degree
One Count – Conspiracy to Commit Arson in the First Degree
Two Counts – Larceny in the First Degree
One Count – Robbery in the First Degree
One Count – Risk of Injury
All the above were of course academic; the two men were each held on a bond of $15 million; the murder charges were added later, and although this was clearly a case of joint enterprise, they were tried separately, augmenting the cost of the proceedings considerably, but no price can be put on justice in a case of this nature.
For those with strong stomachs, the full, sickening details of the murder of Dr William Petit's family can be found here.
With so much evidence against both men, the verdict in either trial was never in doubt, although Clive Stafford Smith carped on “the case for death penalty is far from clear Joshua was cooperative with the police, explaining that he never intended anyone to die, and there is no proof as to his involvement in the arson.”
The jury has now decided otherwise, Clive. Before you repeat that statement, read the transcript, like you should have before you took up the case of Linda Carty.
Komisarjevsky's legal team gave it their best shot, including the by now de rigueur claim of every defendant in a case of this gravity that he suffered abuse as a child, as though that was some sort of mitigation or excuse.
Although it will be some time before either man is formally sentenced to death, it remains to be seen if and when either sentence will be carried out. Since capital punishment was restored in the US, the State of Connecticut has carried out only one execution, that of Michael Ross, the serial killer known as the Roadside Strangler. He died by lethal injection on May 13, 2005.
There are currently less than a dozen men on death row in Connecticut. According to the aforementioned Clive Stafford Smith, who has witnessed a number of executions, you come out of the public gallery after the event, look up at the stars and ask yourself, is the world a better place for this? If the death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst, who can honestly answer no? Certainly not Dr William Petit, if and when that day comes for either of the men who slaughtered his family with neither remorse nor pity.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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