By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A judge has rejected a request by attorneys for a Connecticut man charged with a deadly home invasion to exclude the sole survivor of the crime from pretrial arguments and jury selection.

Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky  asked that Dr. William Petit be kept out of court proceedings.. They said Petit, whose wife and two daughters were killed, referred to the testimony of other witnesses when he testified at the trial of Komisarjevsky’s co-defendant, Steven Hayes, who was sentenced to death last year.

Judge Jon Blue denied the motion Wednesday, but said attorneys could bring up the issue at trial. Blue said witnesses are not typically sequestered before trials but can be later if there are concerns their testimony could be affected by that of others.

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


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