HBO documentary on Cheshire murders Monday debates death penalty

HBO plans to air a documentary Monday night on one of the most gruesome crimes in Connecticut history — the 2007 home invasion of the Petit family that resulted in the horrific deaths of a mother and her two daughters.

“The Cheshire Murders” by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner explores the possible failings of the town’s police department in the case (Cheshires’s law enforcement officials declined to be interviewed for the film). It also revisits the death penalty issue.

The perpetrators of the crime, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, pleaded guilty in exchange for permanent imprisonment. But both men were sentenced to death.

With the post-Cheshire murder abolition of the death penalty in Connecticut, it seems unlikely that sentence will be carried out.