Prosecutor agrees to hearing in home invasion case

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut prosecutor says newly discovered evidence related to a 2007 home invasion that killed three people warrants a court hearing in the appeal of one of two men sentenced to death for the murders.

Prosecutor Marjorie Allen Dauster filed a motion Wednesday saying recordings of phone calls to Cheshire police on the day of the killings were found recently at Cheshire Town Hall. The motion was first reported by The Hartford Courant.

The calls were made on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, ages 11 and 17, were killed. Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEF’-skee) and Steven Hayes were convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

Komisarjevsky’s appeal lawyers last month asked for a court hearing on whether the state withheld evidence important to the defense during trial.

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