Komisarjevsky requests new trial
Convicted murderer Joshua Komisarjevsky is seeking a new trial for the home invasion killings of a woman and her two daughters, saying the proceedings should have been moved to another courthouse because of the case's notoriety.
Komisarjevsky filed a motion for a new trial Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court. He joined co-defendant Steven Hayes on death row last month for the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters.
Komisarjevsky says he was denied his constitutional right to a fair and impartial jury because a judge denied his request for a change of venue. His lawyers say the case should have been moved because of the publicity and what he called the "emotional effect of a clearly visible Petit posse" advocating for the death penalty.