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Defense cites sexual abuse in home invasion trial

Published: Tue, October 25, 2011 @ 3:21 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An attorney trying to persuade a jury to spare a Connecticut man the death penalty for killing a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion says the man was sexually abused for years as a child but his ultra-religious family failed to get him proper help.

Defense attorney Jeremiah Donovan says Joshua Komisarjevsky’s adopted parents increasingly isolated him through home-schooling and joining a church that had cult-like practices. He says the family failed to get him counseling and medications and as he got older he began to abuse drugs and commit nighttime home burglaries.

Komisarjevsky was convicted Oct. 13 of capital felony killing, kidnapping, arson and sexual assault.

He faces life in prison or the death penalty. His accomplice is on death row.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Execution will be 100% successful in rehabilitating him . . . .. Let's give it a try . . . ..

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2oldmillspice(160 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

So that gives him the right to do the crime he did ? I 100 % agree with Stan, Only make it snappy, dont let him linger in prison for 20 years

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3joseph(55 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hopefully somebody has a chance to beat him to death in prison before his execution date even rolls around.

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