Conn. judge to release home invasion witness list

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)

April 10, 2011 9:04:42 AM PDT
A judge plans to release the names of potential witnesses in the trial of a Connecticut man charged with a home invasion that killed a mother and her two daughters.

New Haven Superior Court Judge Jon Blue ruled last week the witness list would be released Thursday unless lawyers for Joshua Komisarjevsky successfully appeal.

The defense argued that potential witnesses fear harassment and threats if their names are publicized, jeopardizing Komisarjevsky's right to a fair trial.

Blue said witness lists are ordinarily public and the defense hadn't proven the need to keep it sealed.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in their Cheshire home in 2007.

Hayes was sentenced last year to death. Komisarjevsky's trial starts in September.

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