Conn. killer objects to daughter's testimony

November 23, 2011 - 11:30 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man facing a possible death sentence for a brutal home invasion is objecting to a jury seeing a videotaped interview of his 9-year-old daughter.

Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee), speaking for the first time in his trial other than a taped confession, told a judge Wednesday that he didn't want to put his daughter in a position of having to help one of the most hated people in America.

He acknowledged his life was on the line and he had weighed the potential consequences.

Komisarjevsky's lawyers sought his daughter's testimony, hoping to persuade New Haven Superior Court jurors to spare him the death penalty.

Komisarjevsky and his co-defendant were convicted of murder in the killing of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at their Cheshire home.