NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A videotape with testimony from the 9-year-old daughter of a man convicted in a brutal Connecticut home invasion is to be played for jurors during the sentencing phase of his trial.
Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) and co-defendant Steven Hayes were convicted of capital felony and other charges stemming from the killing of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at their Cheshire home. Hayes is on death row.
Komisarjevsky’s lawyers sought his daughter’s testimony, hoping to convince New Haven Superior Court jurors to spare him the death penalty.
Jurors are set to see about 20 minutes of the hour-long taped testimony from Komisarjevsky’ daughter on Wednesday.
A judge has ruled that only the jury will be allowed to see the video, and credentialed members of the media can watch it sometime later.
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