Jury selection to begin in deadly Connecticut home invasion(CNN) -- Jury selection begins Wednesday in the murder trial of a second Connecticut man accused of killing a mother and two daughters during a 2007 home invasion.
Joshua Komisarjevsky will stand trial in New Haven. It's a process that is expected to take months, with the trial itself scheduled to start on September 19.
It is the same place where Steven Hayes, 47, was sentenced to death in December after being convicted on 16 of 17 charges related to the same invasion.
Komisarjevsky's lawyers had filed a motion to move the proceedings out of New Haven, singling out the Stamford-Norwalk district to the southwest as a better trial option. They claimed that "the unprecedented, prejudicial publicity surrounding the case" made it nearly impossible to seat an objective jury in New Haven, a court memorandum said.
But Connecticut Superior Court Judge Jon Blue disagreed, ruling in February that there were enough impartial potential jurors in the New Haven judicial district, there wasn't a widespread sense that Komisarjevsky had somehow confessed, and that four years -- a considerable amount of time -- will have passed since the incident.
Prosecutors alleged that Hayes and Komisarjevsky, in July 2007, invaded the Petit home in Cheshire beat and tied up Dr. William Petit, raped and strangled his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, molested one of their daughters, and set their house on fire before attempting to flee.
Hayes forced Hawke-Petit, 48, to go to a bank and withdraw $15,000 from an account after finding evidence that the account held between $20,000 and $30,000, authorities said.
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U.S.-trained forces arrested in bloody slaying of kids
5 members of Jewish family killed inside their home
Posted: March 14, 2011
10:44 am Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2011 WorldNetDaily
Murdered members of Udi Fogel family
The names of the apprehended suspects will be released to the Israeli media within hours but were revealed to WND by security officials working on the murder.
Two cousins are now in Israeli custody and are suspected in the slayings. Ahmed Awad is an officer in Abbas' Preventative Security Services in the northern West Bank city of Nablis. Iyad Awad is an officer in Abbas' General Intelligence services in Ramallah.
Both the Preventative and General Intelligence services of Fatah are armed, trained and funded by the U.S.
The duo did not personally carry out the murders, but rather they assisting in the planning and logistics, informed security sources told WND.
Since the late 1990s, the U.S. has run training bases for PA militias. The U.S. also has provided hundreds of millions of dollars in financial aid and weapons to build up the PA militias.
Since 2007, the U.S. has stepped up its efforts at training the PA, including a new, advanced program for Palestinian police to train 500 to 600 cadets at a time at the American bases.
The U.S. currently operates training bases for the PA police and other militias, such as Force 17 and the Preventative Security Services in the West Bank city of Jericho and the Jordanian village of Giftlik.
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