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Komisarjevsky Seeks New Trial

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Joshua Komisarjevsky in 2007 left, and 2011 right.  (Courtesy Department of Correction)

Joshua Komisarjevsky in 2007 left, and 2011 right. (Courtesy Department of Correction)

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Cheshire home invasion murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky,  who was sentenced to death last month,  is asking for a new trial.

Attorney Jeremiah Donovan filed a motion for a new trial with the Superior Court this week, arguing his client was not granted a probable cause hearing before his trial ,  that the publicity surrounding the case and the emotional effect of the victims’ family in the courtroom denied Komisarjevsky an impartial jury,  that Komisarjevsky was not allowed to confront a judge who had described him as “a predator, ” and that mitigating  circumstances were not fully considered.

Separate juries convicted both Komisarjevsky and Stephen Hayes in the 2007 home invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley and Michaela.  Both were sentenced to death in the penalty phase.

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