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Attorney to testify in Conn. home invasion trial

November 2, 2011

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A former attorney for a Connecticut man facing a possible death sentence for a fatal home invasion is expected to testify about his earlier residential burglaries.

The defense for Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) is expected on Wednesday to call Williame Gerace, who represented him when he was convicted of 19 nighttime residential burglaries a decade ago.

Komisarjevsky was convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters in their Cheshire home in July 2007. The girls died of smoke inhalation after the house was doused in gas and set on fire.

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