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Jury Selection Starts In Komisarjevsky Murder Trial

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Joshua Komisarjevsky in 2007 left, and 2011 right.  (Courtesy Department of Correction)

Joshua Komisarjevsky in 2007 left, and 2011 right. (Courtesy Department of Correction)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A judge says he won’t delay jury selection for the trial of a second Connecticut man accused of killing a mother and her two daughters in a brutal home invasion.

Judge Jon Blue said Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court that he’ll consider later a defense motion filed to allow Joshua Komisarjevsky to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

Jury selection is starting Wednesday and is expected to take months.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, in their Cheshire home in 2007. The girl’s father, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but survived.

Hayes, who has blamed Komisarjevsky, was sentenced to death last year.

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

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