Cop: Cheshire Slayings Defendant Implicated Himself

A detective has testified that a man charged in the killings the three Petit women during a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire told police that "things just got out of control."

Cheshire police Detective Joseph Vitello's comments came during a hearing Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court on whether Steven Hayes' alleged self-incriminating statements should be admitted as evidence during his trial, which is set to begin in September.

Vitello also said Hayes was wearing a Miss Porter's School cap when he and a second man charged in the case were arrested while trying to flee the home. One of the victims, 17-year-old Hayley Petit, attended the private school in Farmington.

Petit, her 11-year-old sister, Michaela, and their mother, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, were killed.

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