Man condemned to death in Conn. home invasion
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A jury has condemned a Connecticut man to death for killing a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 attack in their suburban home.
The jury deliberated over the span of five days before returning the verdict against Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee). His accomplice, Steven Hayes, is already on death row. The two men were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, ages 17 and 11.
The crime in the affluent New Haven suburb of Cheshire led to the defeat of a bill to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut and sparked tougher state laws for repeat offenders and home invasions.
The defense asked jurors to spare Komisarjevsky's life. Lawyers argued his ultra-religious family never got him proper help after he was sexually abused as a child by his foster brother.