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Komisarjevsky Trial Resumes Today

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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) — The trial of a Connecticut man charged with a brutal home invasion that left a woman and her two daughters dead is resuming.

Attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) are expected to continue a cross-examination Monday of a detective who took Komisarjevsky’s statement immediately after the crime in July 2007 in Cheshire.

The audiotaped confession was played for jurors last week.

His co-defendant, Steven Hayes, was convicted last year of strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Hayes was sentenced to death, and Komisarjevsky could join him on death row if he’s convicted.

Komisarjevsky admits to beating Dr. William Petit with a bat and molesting his younger daughter, but blames Hayes for the three killings. Hayes blamed Komisarjevsky, but prosecutors say both men are equally responsible.

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

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