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Prosecutor: Man playing blame game in home crime
Prosecutor: Man charged in Conn. home invasion was motivated by interest in 11-year-old girl
By The Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) ' A prosecutor told a jury that a Connecticut man charged with killing a woman and her two daughters has been playing a "blame game" against his co-defendant but that it took two men to carry out the brutal home invasion.

Prosecutor Gary Nicholson said Tuesday in his closing argument that Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) was motivated not just by money but by his interest in 11-year-old Michaela Petit, whom he spotted with her mother earlier at a supermarket. He's charged with sexually assaulting her.

Steven Hayes was convicted last year of raping and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing her daughters, who died of smoke inhalation along with her sister after they were doused in gas and the house set on fire. Hayes is on death row.

Nicholson says both men had a motive to kill the family because each had committed a sexual assault and were worried about their DNA.

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