Teacher Says Convict Got Mixed Up In Satanic Cult

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)  A man who taught Sunday school to a Connecticut man facing a possible death sentence for a deadly home invasion has told a jury that the defendant got mixed up with a satanic cult as a teenager.

Armen Abrahamian testified Thursday is the sentencing phase of Joshua Komisarjevsky’s (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) trial.  Komisarjevsky faces life in prison or the death penalty for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in their Cheshire home in 2007.

Abrahamian says that around 1995, one of Komisarjevsky’s mentors rescued him from a home where a satanic ritual was taking place. The mentor has since died.

Abrahamian described Komisarjevsky as a troubled teen who wanted to run away.  The defense says his religious family was opposed to psychological counseling and medications.
     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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