Death Penalty

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Victims Families To Rally Against Death Penalty

Some Connecticut families of murder victims are planning to publicly call on state legislators to repeal the state’s death penalty.

02/24/2012

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Opponents Will Try Again To Repeal State’s Death Penalty

Death penalty opponents in Connecticut are hoping their efforts to repeal capital punishement will be more successful this year following the conclusion of the highly-publicized trials in the Cheshire home invasion murders.

02/13/2012

Joshua Komisarjevsky. (Credit: Department of Correction)

Komisarjevsky’s Bid For A New Trial Denied

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.

01/18/2012

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

Komisarjevsky Seeks New Trial

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

01/12/2012

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

Closing Arguments In Komisarjevsky Trial

The prosecutor has told the jury that Joshua Komisarjevsky and Stephen Hayes created “the ultimate house of horrors” in the 2007 Cheshire home invasion murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley and Michaela.

12/02/2011

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

Jurors See Videotape Of Komisarjevsky’s Daughter

Defense attorneys played a videotaped interview of a 9-year-old girl whose father is facing a possible death sentence for a home invasion that killed three people even though their client objected, saying he didn’t want his daughter to feel compelled to help “one of the most hated people in America.”

11/23/2011

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

Judge Denies Komisarjevsky Request, Says Daughter’s Interview Should Be Played

Joshua Komisarjevsky, facing a possible death sentence for the Cheshire home invasion that killed three people, told the judge that he didn’t want the jury to see a videotaped interview of his 9-year-old daughter, because he didn’t want her to feel compelled to help “one of the most hated people in America.”

11/23/2011

Jude and Joshua Komisarjevsky (Courtesy Judicial Department)

Komisarjevsky’s Mother Takes Stand

The tearful mother of a convicted Connecticut home invasion killer told a jury Tuesday her son is shocked at his role in the crime and she blames it on sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

11/22/2011

Todd Rizzo (Courtesy Department of Correction)

Death Sentence Upheld In Bludgeoning Murder Of Waterbury Teen

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld both the state’s death penalty law and the death sentence of a man who killed a 13-year-old boy with a sledgehammer in 1997.

11/21/2011

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Life Sentence, No Release For Defendant In Child’s Death

A man who killed a 7-year-old girl in West Haven has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release, after a state prosecutor declined to seek the death penalty.

08/19/2011

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