Defense Begins in Deadly Conn. Home Invasion Trial

Co-defendant convicted last year and sentenced to death

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011  |  Updated 7:46 AM EDT
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Rev. Richard Hawke Speaks

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

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Rev. Richard Hawke Speaks

Rev. Richard Hawke, the father of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, speaks about the jury sentences.
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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.     

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

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