Connecticut home invasion killer seeks new trial

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Posted: Sep 03, 2014 6:05 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of two men convicted in the killings of a mother and her two daughters in a 2007 Connecticut home invasion is seeking a new trial, saying recordings of non-emergency police phone lines were withheld from the defense.

Lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEF'-skee) asked the Connecticut Supreme Court last week to hold an evidentiary hearing, reverse Komisarjevsky's convictions and order a new trial.

The lawyers say the recordings would have proved a defense theory that the police response to the Cheshire home invasion was inadequate — an effort to question the credibility of police witnesses.

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Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes are on death row for the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.

Prosecutors say the recordings were given to the defense and don't raise any significant appeal issues.