Komisarjevsky Seeks New Trial
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.