Komisarjevsky’s Bid For A New Trial Denied

JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A judge has denied a request by convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky for a new trial in the home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters, saying he received a fair trial.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue on Wednesday denied motions for a new trial and that the conviction be overturned.

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 argued the proceedings should have been moved because of the case’s notoriety in New Haven and the “emotional effect of a clearly visible Petit posse” at the trial advocating capital punishment.

Blue said the victims’ family behaved in a dignified manner and the jury was attentive and fair.

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

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