Tests: No drugs in man charged in home invasion

September 28, 2011 - 11:00 AM
Home Invasion

This July 2007 police photo released by the Connecticut Judicial Branch as evidence presented Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011 in the Joshua Komisarjevsky trial in New Haven, Conn., Superior Court, shows a fire-damaged portion of the Petit home in Cheshire, Conn., where three family members were killed during a home invasion July 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Connecticut Judicial Branch)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lab officials say blood samples turned up no alcohol or illegal drugs in the two men charged with a gruesome home invasion that left a woman and her two daughters dead.

The lab officials testified Wednesday in New Haven Superior Court in the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee), who faces a possible death sentence if convicted of the 2007 crime in Cheshire.

His co-defendant, Steven Hayes, was convicted last year of strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing her two daughters, Hayley and Michaela. Hayes was sentenced to death.

Komisarjevsky admits he beat Dr. William Petit with a bat and molested his younger daughter, but he blames Hayes for the three killings. Hayes blamed Komisarjevsky, but prosecutors say both men are equally responsible.