Dr. William Petit testified in New Haven Superior Court in the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
The trial of 31-year-old Joshua Komisarjevsky, charged with the killings of a woman and her two daughters during a home invasion in 2007, got off to a contentious start today.
Komisarjevsky’s attorneys cited comments Sen. Edith Prague made to an online political newspaper, Ct News Junkie, in which she said Komisarjevsky should be hung by his genitals from a tree.
The offer from Joshua Komisarjevsky came a week before the start of jury selection for his trial that could lead to the death penalty.
The trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky started last week with jury selection, a process that could take months as prospective jurors are questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.
The judge told attorneys before prospective jurors were brought into New Haven Superior Court that any who cry or panic when they learn the graphic nature of the case would be excused.
Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky argued evidence showed that co-defendant, Steven Hayes, killed Jennifer Hawke Petit and lit the fire that lead to the deaths of her daughters.
Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky are seeking to have New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue removed from his trial. Another judge will consider the request Tuesday.
The monster that killed a mother and her two daughters in their Connecticut home broke his silence in court on Thursday, moments before he was sentenced to die.
Attorneys for a man condemned to die for a deadly home invasion tried to convince a judge Wednesday that the jury was unduly swayed by emotion, but the judge said the jurors’ reactions were natural given the crime’s “unimaginable horror.”
Out of concern for the shell-shocked jury, Connecticut’s Judicial Branch took the rare step of offering counseling services.
The stage is now set for another death penalty trial in the home invasion murders of a mother and her two children in Connecticut.
Hayes’ fate will likely be delayed by years of appeals, but the jurors were unanimous in their view that life in prison was simply not enough for his role in the 2007 home invasion.
A Connecticut man was condemned to death Monday for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.
Jurors finished deliberating Sunday without a verdict as they tried to determine the fate of a man convicted of murdering a mother and her two daughters in their home.