published Monday, October 31st, 2011

Mom of Connecticut man convicted of killings testifies

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    Joshua Komisarjevsky as a child, right rear, with his mother Jude Komisarjevsky. (AP Photo/Komisarjevsky family via Connecticut Judicial Branch)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The mother of a Connecticut man facing a possible death sentence for a fatal home invasion is expected to continue testifying.

Jude Komisarjevsky testified Friday in the sentencing phase of her son Joshua Komisarjevsky's trial.

Joshua Komisarjevsky was convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in their Cheshire home in July 2007. The girls died of smoke inhalation after the house was doused in gas and set on fire.

His mother broke down crying Friday as she told jurors her son was raped as a teenager and described her frantic efforts to save him after his behavior changed dramatically.

She will face more cross examination from prosecutors Monday.

He faces life in prison or the death penalty. His accomplice, Steven Hayes, is on death row.

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