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Deliberations Begin in Komisarjevsky Death Penalty Phase

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Jude and Joshua Komisarjevsky (Courtesy Judicial Department)

Jude and Joshua Komisarjevsky (Courtesy Judicial Department)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A jury will soon begin deliberating 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.

Jury deliberations are expected to begin today in the sentencing phase of Joshua Komisarjevsky’s (koh-mih-sar-JEV’-skeez) 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.

Defense attorneys say 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 cite the heinous and cruel nature of the crime.

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

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