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Dr. Petit Engaged

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Dr. William Petit outside of New Haven Superior Court. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Dr. William Petit outside of New Haven Superior Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a home invasion in 2007 has become engaged.

Rick Healey, a friend of Dr. William Petit who has served as his spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that Petit became engaged over the weekend to Christine Paluf. There is no wedding date.

The Hartford Courant first reported the engagement.

Petit was beaten with a bat and tied up but managed to escape to a neighbor’s home to get help.

Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) and Steven Hayes are on death row for killing Petit’s wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and his daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.

The last trial in the case, Komisarjevsky’s, was completed last month. Petit said then that he found some peace with the verdict, but there’s never “complete closure.”

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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