Komisarjevsky Retrial Request Hearing Today

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A hearing is set on convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky’s request for a new trial in the home invasion killings of a Connecticut woman and her two daughters.

Komisarjevsky joined co-defendant Steven Hayes on death row last month for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in Cheshire.

He’s arguing in a hearing scheduled for Wednesday that the proceedings should have been moved to another courthouse because of the case’s notoriety in New Haven.

Komisarjevsky says he was denied his constitutional right to a fair and impartial jury because a judge denied his request for a change of venue. His lawyers cite the publicity and what he called the “emotional effect of a clearly visible Petit posse” at the trial advocating capital punishment.

A prosecutor declined comment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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