Defense Begins in Deadly Conn. Home Invasion Trial

Co-defendant convicted last year and sentenced to death

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    The defense of Joshua Komisarjevsky starts Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court.

    Attorneys are set to begin calling witnesses to defend a Connecticut man charged with killing a woman and her two daughters in a vicious 2007 home invasion.     

    The defense of Joshua Komisarjevsky starts Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court. It is expected to last about a day.     

    Prosecutors finished calling witnesses Monday in their case against Komisarjevsky, who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the July 2007 attack in Cheshire.     

    His co-defendant, Steven Hayes, was convicted last year of raping and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing her daughters, who died of smoke inhalation after the house was set on fire. Hayes is on death row.     

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    Komisarjevsky's attorney says he suffers from "cognitive difficulties'' that leave him unable to make quick decisions in stressful situations.