Conn. home invasion trial witness list in question

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)

June 24, 2011 5:18:39 PM PDT
The Connecticut Supreme Court is considering whether the public should be able to learn the identities of potential witnesses for the next Cheshire home invasion trial.

Attorneys for murder defendant Joshua Komisarjevsky (Koh-mi-sahr-JEFF'-skee) say witnesses might be threatened or harassed because of the case's notoriety, jeopardizing his right to a fair trial.

Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes were accused of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in 2007 in their Cheshire home. Hayes was sentenced to death last year.

The Hartford Courant's attorney argued Friday that the documents are public records. He said the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that preparations for trial are public matters.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Chase Rogers did not say Friday when they would rule on the case. Komisarjevsky's trial starts in September.

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