Bid To Sequester Dr. Petit Fails

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A judge had denied a request from a Connecticut man charged with killing a woman and her two daughters to keep the woman’s husband out of the courtroom while other witnesses testify at his upcoming trial.

New Haven Superior Court Judge John Blue ruled Monday on the motion by Joshua Komisarjevsky to sequester Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the 2007 home invasion. Defense attorneys said Petit referred to testimony of earlier witnesses while testifying in the trial of a co-defendant, Steven Hayes, and corrected what others had said.

Prosecutors objected, saying Petit has given consistent testimony, would not be affected by other witnesses and has a right to attend the trial as a victim.

Komisarjevsky’s trial starts next month. Hayes was convicted last year and is on death row.

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

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