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Judge Nixes Plea Deal For Komisarjevsky In Cheshire Home Invasion

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Joshua Komisarjevsky (credit: Handout)

Joshua Komisarjevsky (credit: Handout)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP/CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut judge has denied a motion by a man charged with a deadly home invasion offering to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano denied the motion Wednesday.

The offer from Joshua Komisarjevsky came a week before the start of jury selection for his trial that could lead to the death penalty.

Co-defendant Steven Hayes was convicted last year and sentenced to death.

The two men are accused of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, in their Cheshire home in 2007. The girls’ father was beaten but survived.

Defense lawyers had said a plea deal would avoid another lengthy, emotionally charged trial that would bring anguish to the families of the accused and the victims.

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