Judge nixes plea deal in fatal Conn. home invasion

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 2:34 PM
Judge nixes plea deal in fatal Conn. home invasion

A Connecticut judge has rejected an offer from a man charged in a deadly home invasion to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole.

A New Haven Superior Court judge denied the request Wednesday.

The offer from Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEF'-skee) came a week before the start of jury selection for his trial that could lead to the death penalty.

Co-defendant Steven Hayes was convicted last year and sentenced to death.

The two men are accused of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, in their Cheshire home in 2007. The girls' father was beaten but survived.

Defense lawyers had said a plea deal would avoid another lengthy, emotionally charged trial that would bring anguish to the families of the accused and the victims.