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Komisarjevsky files motion for new trial

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Joshua Komisarjevsky was convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela during a home invasion in Cheshire in 2007. Joshua Komisarjevsky was convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela during a home invasion in Cheshire in 2007.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

One of the men convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters during a home invasion in Cheshire in 2007 has filed a motion in court requesting a new trial.

Joshua Komisarjevsky was convicted last year of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela.

Dr. William Petit was the only survivor.

Todd Bussert, one of the three attorneys for Komisarjevsky, says his client admits what he did in the home invasion murders but that trial was not fair.

The main reason is because Komisarjevsky was denied a probable cause hearing on the amended criminal charges. Komisarjevsky originally waived it back in 2007.

Quinnipaic Law School Professor William Dunlap explains it's a strong argument if they can prove the changes to the charge were drastic.

The motion also contends the trial's publicity and the victim's unity in the courtroom every day influenced the jury.

A spokesperson for the Petit family today saying they don't have a comment on the request for a new trial.

Komisarjevsky and his co-defendant, Steven Hayes, were both sentenced to death for the crime.

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