Komisarjevsky’s Defense: Hayes Read Violent Books In Prison

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut man facing trial for a home invasion in which a mother was strangled and her two daughters were killed in a fire says his co-defendant read books in prison before the crime depicting violent murders and the burning of victims.

Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky  filed court papers Friday blaming Steven Hayes for the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters inside their Cheshire home in 2007. Hayes, who has blamed Komisarjevsky, was sentenced to death last year. Jury selection starts Wednesday for Komisarjevsky.

Komisarjevky’s attorneys say Hayes checked out 24 fictional books in prison the year before the home invasion, the majority of which pertain to violent murders including strangulation, rape and arson. Hayes was convicted of raping and strangling Hawke-Petit.

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