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No jurors picked yet for Conn. home invasion trial

In this July 1007 photograph supplied by the Connecticut State Police, Joshua Komisarjevsky is shown. Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted in the 2007 killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela. Hawke-Petit's husband, Dr. William Petit, was beaten but survived. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)

March 16, 2011 5:03:08 PM PDT
No jurors have been picked in the first day of jury selection for the trial of a second Connecticut man accused of killing a mother and her two daughters in a brutal home invasion.

Several jurors were excused Wednesday after saying they had strong opinions about the crime or could not be impartial.

Judge Jon Blue told attorneys before prospective jurors were brought into New Haven Superior Court that any who cry or panic when they learn they were being considered for Joshua Komisarjevsky's trial would be excused immediately.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, in their Cheshire home in 2007.

Hayes was convicted in the case last year and sentenced to death.

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