published Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Connecticut home invasion trial continues, jury hears rest of confession tape

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    A July 23, 2007 file photo provided by the Connecticut State Police shows Joshua, Komisarjevsky, convicted Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 of capital felony killing and other charges related to the beating of Dr. William Petit Jr., and the killing of his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters in a July 2007 home invasion in Cheshire, Conn. The same jury will later decide whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison. (AP Photo/Connecticut Department of Correction, File)
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Jurors are expected to hear the rest of a confession by a man on trial for a brutal Connecticut home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead.

Prosecutors started to play the recorded statement Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) gave to police immediately after the crime in July 2007. He admits to attacking Dr. William Petit with a bat and molesting his 11-year-old daughter. But he blames his co-defendant, Steven Hayes, for killing Petit's wife and two daughters.

A judge stopped the recording early Wednesday, saying a juror was having a tough time.

Hayes, who was convicted last year and is on death row, blamed Komisarjevsky for escalating the violence. Prosecutors say both paroled burglars are equally responsible.

Komisarjevsky faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

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