Conn. judge to release home invasion witness list

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 4:27 PM
Conn. judge to release home invasion witness list

A judge plans to release the names of potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of a Connecticut man charged with a home invasion that killed a mother and her two daughters.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue denied a motion Thursday by attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahr-JEV'-skee) to reconsider his ruling to release the witness list.

The defense has argued that potential witnesses fear harassment and threats if their names are publicized, jeopardizing Komisarjevsky's right to a fair trial.

Blue said in his initial ruling that witness lists are ordinarily public and the defense hadn't proven the need to keep it sealed.

The Hartford Courant sought the list.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in their Cheshire home in 2007.

Hayes was sentenced last year to death. Komisarjevsky's trial starts in September.