Friday, July 27, 2007

Prosecutor seeking the death penalty in Connecticut murders

MERIDEN, Conn. — New Haven State's Attorney Michael Dearington said Thursday that he will seek the death penalty against two convicted burglars accused of killing the wife and two daughters of a prominent Connecticut physician in a home invasion and arson this week.

Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, and Steven Hayes, 44, were charged Thursday with six counts each of capital felony, which could bring the death penalty.

Komisarjevsky and Hayes, convicted burglars with lengthy criminal records, were out on parole when the attack occurred. They had been roommates for a time at a drug treatment center and halfway house in Hartford last year.

Murder committed in the course of committing first-degree sexual assault, murder of a kidnapped person, murder of two or more people at the same time, and murder of someone under age 16 are capitol felonies punishable by either the death penalty or life in prison in Connecticut.

Komisarjevsky, of Cheshire, and Hayes, of Winsted, had already been charged with assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, arson, larceny and risk of injury to children. They were each being held on $15 million bond.

No prosecutor who did not seek the death penalty for these two monsters would have any hope of re-election even in a liberal state like Connecticut. What they did was so over the top that it just boggles the mind.

What happened to these nice people living in their nice upper middle class neighborhood with its good schools and low crime rate can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Do not be a victim. Arm yourself and train yourself and let the bad guy bleed rather than you or yours.