NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A videotape with testimony from the 9-year-old daughter of a man convicted in a Connecticut home invasion is to be played for jurors this week during the penalty phase of his trial.
An attorney for the state-appointed guardian for the girl says the hour-long tape will be shown in court in Wednesday. Raymond Hassett says he hopes the girl remains “unaffected by the whole situation.”
A judge has ruled that only the jury will be able to see the video, and credentialed members of the media can watch it at some later point.
Lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky sought the girl’s testimony as they work to spare him the death penalty.
Komisarjevsky and a co-defendant have been convicted in the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at their Cheshire home.
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