Change Of Venue Sought In Second Cheshire Murders Trial

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Attorneys for the second man charged with a deadly Connecticut home invasion have asked a judge to change the location for his trial, citing prejudicial publicity from the first trial.

Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky  filed numerous pretrial motions Friday in New Haven Superior Court. One was a request to move the trial to Fairfield County, the next county over.
Jury selection is scheduled to start March 14.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes tormented the family for hours in their Cheshire home in July 2007 before killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year Hayley. The girls’ father, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but survived.

Hayes was convicted and condemned to death in November by a New Haven jury.

Prosecutors did not immediately return calls for comment Friday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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