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Triple murder case: Why did it take 33 minutes for police to respond?

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFLX) - In 2007, a triple murder occured inside a Connecticut home. One man survived, but his wife and two daughters were killed.

Now, shocking surveillance tapes have been relesed in court, and there are new questions about why it took police so long to arrive at the murder scene.

A chilling bank surveillance tape shows Jennifer Hawke Petit minutes before her death.

As she withdraws $15,000, she nervously alerts the teller she's getting the money for men holding her family hostage.

As Ms. Petit walked away, a bank manager called 911:

"We have a lady who is in our bank right now, who says, her husband and children are being held at their house... That if the police are told, they will kill her children and the husband."

By the time the police encountered the suspects at the Petit home -- 33 minutes later the -- Mrs. Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Mikayla and 17-year-old Hayley, were dead.

Mrs. Petit had been raped and strangled. Her daughters died, bound to their beds, after inhaling smoke as their home was set on fire.

Her husband, who had been beaten and bound, barely escaped to a neighbor's house. The neighbor called 911:

"I've got Bill Petit right here, who's here, he's hurt... You two, get in the house, get in the house. I need the 101 here now for a head injury."

Questions now center around why the police took so long to try to rescue the family.

An officer testified they did not realize the family was being brutalized.

Dr. Wuilliam Petit was the sole survivor of the brutal home invasion.

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