NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The aunt of a Connecticut man convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters in a home invasion told a jury he doesn't deserve the death penalty because he's been rejected since birth and has a daughter he loves.
Karlie Lebatique testified Monday her nephew Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) "has been rejected, attacked, abused, doubted" since he was in the womb.
A prosecutor reminded her of details of the crime, in which the family was tied up and gas poured on the girls before the house was set on fire.
The defense says Komisarjevsky was sexually abused as a child.
Komisarjevsky was convicted of killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters in their Cheshire home in July 2007.