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Laura Ingle

New York, NY

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Jury Selection Set For Joshua Komisarjevsky

December 7, 2010 - 2:34 PM | by: Laura Ingle

The trial calendar is starting to take shape for the second man charged in the 2007 Cheshire, Connecticut home invasion case, Joshua Komisarjevsky. Today, prosecutors, Judge Jon C. Blue, and Komisarjevsky’s defense team held a scheduling conference about his upcoming trial.

Jury selection is set for February 22nd, 2011. The 30-year old career burglar is facing the death penalty if convicted of the charges against him, which include killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit, her daughters Hayley and Michaela, and severely beating Dr. William Petit, Jr. Last week, the other defendant in the case, Steven Hayes, was sentenced to die by lethal injection for his part in the kidnapping, rape and strangulation of Hawke-Petit and the murders of her two children. Komisarjevsky is accused of torturing the family and sexually assaulting the youngest daughter, 11-year old Michaela while Hayes drove Hawke-Petit to the bank, forcing her to withdraw 15-thousand dollars.

Komisarjevsky’s defense team, which is led by attorney Jeremiah Donovan has until February 4th to file any motions on the case. The prosecution has until February 11th to file a response to those motions, if any. Today, Judge Blue also set aside February 15th, 16th and 17th for any hearings and arguments in the case. Both sides expect jury selection to take months as it did in the Hayes case which means the actual trial may not start until the summer of 2011.