October 5th, 2010
10:45 PM ET

Connecticut doctor: Family was 'destroyed by evil'

For three weeks, Dr. William Petit went to a courtroom and re-lived the day he was attacked and his wife and daughters were killed in their Connecticut home.

He calmly testified about being beaten awake from a nap and being taken to his basement tied up, not knowing what was happening to his family upstairs. He rarely left the New Haven courtroom, once excusing himself when a medical examiner testified. He listened stoically Tuesday after one of the accused was found guilty of capital murder.

Now Petit will go through it in court all over again. Steven Hayes' penalty phase is ahead, and a second defendant will face trial afterward.

"People keep asking that question, why do you do it or how do you do it," Petit said after Hayes' verdicts were read Tuesday. "... I think that you probably would all do the same thing for your families if your family was destroyed by evil."

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  1. Krk

    Once again the mental health community drops the ball.
    How many must die before changes are made?

    October 6, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. T-2000

    I think the father had something to do with this.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. T-2000

    I'll say it another way since CNN cant handle the truth. It doesnt take Sherlock Holmes to figure out who's behind this. I know you have to check comments but blocking something that most people are thinking is crazy. I may be the 1st but I wont be the last to think the father played a part in this. Quote me.

    October 6, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. T-2000

    Does anybody else smell a rat?

    October 6, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. T-2000

    I hope that insurance money was worth it. What a loser.

    October 6, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tomcat

    the only thing I smell are your comments. insert Eddie Murphy laugh

    October 6, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. dude

    Wow – dark hearts – no compassion

    October 6, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. T-2000

    Sorry to upset you tomcat and dude. Believe me, I hope I am wrong. After this is all over I hope u guys can say T-2000 youre an idiot. I will apologize IF im wrong. Unfortunately there are just too many questions left that have not been answered.

    October 6, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Stephen Real

    The death penalty, no matter how heinous the crime, is state sanctioned Satanic worship.
    Human sacrifice by any other name.
    I don't want anything to do with Satan worshipers.

    October 6, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. T-2000

    I dont believe in the death penalty either.

    October 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. DreeMichelle

    To be completely honest...as much as I want to say I oppose the death penalty while verbalizing how "inhumane" it is...I can't...because if someone killed my family I'd be looking to kill them myself. I couldn't imagine losing my whole family, my whole life in one day by the hands of a murderer. There's no need to keep that devil locked up wasting air & tax payers money...let God or satan deal with him!

    October 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. dude

    yep, I couldn't imagine losing my whole family, my whole life in one day, by the hands of murderers. And then have some idiots who obviously did not reading the police reports, accuse me of possible involvement.
    tainted brains, dark hearts, no compasions, no respect, just the desire to be a provocative big mouth with cynical opinions. bite me

    October 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Paula Flowers

    I certainly don't condone the death penalty when there is an inkling of doubt – there is no doubt here – Hayes says don't put me to death it's 2 expensive. Take them out to a courtyard – and shoot them. I also wonder why the bank employee did not imdediately call the poiice and even when neighbor called 911 – he didn't have a sense of urgency in his voice and neither did the bank manager. I think this is so sad – because it could have had a very different outcome – failure on the part of many – police – bank employees...etc...

    October 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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