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Komisarjevsky Trial Begins Today

September 19, 2011 by John Rook

It has been more than four years since three Cheshire women were murdered in their home in July of 2007, and the second man accused in that crime will finally go on trial today.
Joshua Komisarjevsky has been charged with 17 counts stemming from a home invasion that ended in the murder of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two teenage daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Among the charges filed against Komisarjevsky are murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, and first-degree arson.
If convicted, Komisarjevsky could be sentenced to death, just as his accomplice, Steven Hayes, was last year when he was found guilty of a similar list of crimes.
Opening statements are expected today by the prosecution and the defense teams. It is expected, according to reports, that attorneys representing Komisarjevsky will argue that their client suffers from a mental disorder stemming from having been the victim of a sexual assault when he was a child.
For more on the first few days of testimony in the trial, see this Thursday's publication of The Cheshire Herald.

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