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Supreme Court: Komisarjevsky Witness List Can Remain Secret

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The Connecticut Supreme Court.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Connecticut Supreme Court. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The Connecticut Supreme Court says defense witnesses’ names can be kept private before the trial of a man charged in a deadly Cheshire home invasion.

The state Supreme Court’s decision, released Friday, comes in the case of Joshua Komisarjevsky. He is set to stand trial in September on charges of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in 2007.

The Hartford Courant sought the defense witness list, arguing it is a public document. Judges in the state superior and appellate courts had agreed, but the state Supreme Court’s decision Friday reversed those rulings.

The justices said Komisarjevsky’s attorneys proved their argument that his right to a fair trial could be jeopardized if potential witnesses fear harassment and threats.

His alleged co-defendant, Steven Hayes, is on death row.

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