Jury Selection For Penalty Phase In Murder Trial

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Jury selection is beginning in the death penalty trial of a Connecticut man who fatally shot two adults and a 9-year-old girl in 2006.

The penalty phase of 48-year-old Richard Roszkowski’s (roz-KOW’-skis) trial is set to start Monday in state Superior Court in Bridgeport.

Roszkowski was convicted and sentenced to death in 2009.

A judge overturned the death sentence because of an error during jury instructions and ordered a new penalty phase.

Roszkowski killed 39-year-old ex-girlfriend Holly Flannery, her 9-year-old daughter Kylie and 38-year-old Thomas Gaudet in Bridgeport.

Authorities say Roszkowski wrongly believed Flannery was having an affair with Gaudet.

Roszkowski’s lawyers objected to a new penalty phase.

The state Supreme Court is deciding whether the state’s repeal of the death penalty last year for future murders only is constitutional.

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