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Judge denies mistrial in Conn. home invasion case
Judge denies mistrial motion by attorneys for man charged with 3 Conn. home invasion killings
By The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' A Connecticut judge has denied a request for a mistrial that came from attorneys for a man charged with a brutal home invasion.

The Hartford Courant reports Jeremiah Donovan, an attorney for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee), sought the mistrial Thursday in New Haven. Relatives of the victims walked out of court Wednesday before testimony about an autopsy. Donovan says that was prejudicial to his client.

Donovan says Petit family members were aware the state's chief medical examiner was going to provide disturbing testimony about the deaths of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and two daughters dead and that jurors watched as family members left.

Donovan asked the judge to prohibit Petit family members from pulling "any stunts like that again."

Judge Jon Blue says trial spectators are free to come and go.


Information from: The Hartford Courant,

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