Conn. judge to release home invasion witness list

AP News
Posted: Apr 10, 2011 11:57 AM
Conn. judge to release home invasion witness list

A judge plans to release the names of potential witnesses in the 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 ruled last week the witness list would be released Thursday unless lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahr-JEV'-skee) successfully appeal.

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

Blue said 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 daughters in their Cheshire home in 2007.

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