Cheshire Home Invasion Killer Seeks New Trial

Matt Dwyer
October 17, 2019 - 3:56 pm

Joshua Komisarjevsky.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer for convicted home invasion killer Joshua Komisarjevsky has told the Connecticut Supreme Court that his client did not get a fair trial because a judge refused to move the proceedings out of New Haven.

Attorney John Holdridge argued Komisarjevsky's appeal before the high court Thursday.

Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes are serving life prison sentences for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, in Cheshire, in New Haven County. Hayes dropped his appeal.

The Hartford Courant reports Holdridge told justices that New Haven-area residents were too upset by the killings to pick jurors and hold a trial there.

Prosecutor Marjorie Allen Dauster said the defense never proved their unfair trial claims.