William Petit lost his wife and two daughters when two killers broke into their home in 2007

By Char Adams
May 19, 2016 10:00 AM
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William Petit Jr., the Connecticut doctor whose wife and daughters were brutally murdered during a 2007 home invasion, is running for the state’s legislature, reports say.

The 59-year-old is the Connecticut Republican Party’s nominee for the 22nd House District, which includes Plainville and New Britain, according to The Hartford Courant. He is expected to issue an official statement next week.

The run comes nearly a decade after Petit lost his wife, 48-year-old Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and young daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, in a horrific home invasion in July 2007.

Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes broke into the family’s Cheshire home, bludgeoned Petit with a baseball bat and tied him to a pole in the basement before turning their attention to his wife and daughters.

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The pair forced Jennifer to drive to a nearby bank and withdraw $15,000. She tipped off a bank teller as the men waited outside in a car.

Back at the home, the men strangled and raped Jennifer. They also sexually assaulted one of Petit’s daughters before setting the house on fire. Petit was the only survivor.

Both men have been sentenced to death row but are appealing their convictions.

[IMAGE “2” “” “std” ]In the years following the incident, Petit married Christine Paluf and the couple welcomed a son in 2013.

Petit has become an outspoken activist against repealing the state’s death penalty and even considered a run for Congress in 2013, according to Politico.

The doctor founded the Petit Family Foundation after the tragedy to honor his slain wife and children.