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Closing Arguments in Komisarjevsky Death Penalty Trial

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Hayley Petit,  Michaela Petit, Jennifer Hawke-Petit (Courtesy Judicial Department)

Hayley Petit, Michaela Petit, Jennifer Hawke-Petit (Courtesy Judicial Department)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut jury will hear up to four hours of closing arguments before deciding whether a man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a brutal home invasion should get the death penalty or life in prison.

Each side gets two hours for closing arguments Friday in the sentencing phase of Joshua Komisarjevsky’s (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skee) trial in New Haven Superior Court.

Komisarjevsky and co-defendant Steven Hayes were convicted of capital felony and other charges stemming from the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home in 2007.

Hayes is on death row.

The defense says Komisarjevsky should not be condemned to death because was sexually abused as a child by his foster brother and never got proper psychological help. Prosecutors say he had a good upbringing.

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

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