The Latest: Defense not given evidence in home invasion case
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a man’s bid for a new trial in the killing of a woman and her two daughters during a brutal 2007 home invasion in Connecticut (all times local):
A Connecticut judge has ruled that three police recordings weren’t given to lawyers for a man convicted of killing a mother and her two daughters during a brutal 2007 home invasion.
The findings by New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue on Tuesday provide a boost to Joshua Komisarjevsky’s (koh-mih-sar-JEF’-skeez) pending appeal before the state Supreme Court. The recordings are of calls between officers during the response to the home invasion.
Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela, at their Cheshire home.
Blue says the failure to provide the recordings to Komisarjevsky’s lawyers wasn’t deliberate.
Komisarjevsky’s lawyers say the recordings help bolster their argument that the police response was inadequate, raising questions about their credibility in testimony against Komisarjevsky.
A man convicted in a Connecticut home invasion that left a woman and her two daughters dead in 2007 is set to go before a judge in a bid to win a new trial.
Appellate lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEF’-skee) are expected to argue Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court that his trial lawyers weren’t provided with police phone call recordings crucial to the defense.
Police in Cheshire had said the recordings were destroyed during a lightning strike at the police station in 2010 before Komisarjevsky’s trial, but backups of the recordings were found in 2014 at town hall.
Prosecutors say nothing in the recordings warrants a new trial.
Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, ages 11 and 17.