Witness list release fought in Conn. home invasion

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Posted: Apr 28, 2011 5:48 PM
Witness list release fought in Conn. home invasion

A man charged in a deadly Connecticut home invasion is appealing a judge's decision to release the names of potential witnesses for his trial.

Lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sahr-JEV'-skee) plan to argue before the state Appellate Court potential defense witnesses fear harassment and threats if their names are publicized, jeopardizing his right to a fair trial.

Superior Court Judge Jon Blue had ruled a witness list is ordinarily public and the defense hadn't proved the need to keep it sealed. The Hartford Courant newspaper sought the list.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in 2007 in their home in Cheshire, a wealthy New Haven suburb. The men blame each other for escalating the crime.

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