Judge nixes plea deal in fatal Conn. home invasion

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 23, 2011 7:25:39 PM PDT
A Connecticut judge has denied a motion by a man charged with a deadly home invasion offering to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence without parole.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano denied the motion Wednesday.

The offer from /*Joshua Komisarjevsky8? came a week before the start of jury selection for his trial that could lead to the death penalty.

Co-defendant /*Steven Hayes*/ was convicted last year and sentenced to death.

The two men are accused of killing /*Jennifer Hawke-Petit*/ and her daughters, 11-year-old Michaela and 17-year-old Hayley, in their /*Cheshire*/ home in 2007. The girls' father was beaten but survived.

Defense lawyers had said a plea deal would avoid another lengthy, emotionally charged trial that would bring anguish to the families of the accused and the victims.

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