Jurors hear confession in Conn. home invasion

(AP) - Jurors on Wednesday heard a recording ofthe confession of a man accused killing a woman and her twodaughters in a gruesome home invasion,

NEW HAVEN - (AP) - Jurors on Wednesday heard a recording ofthe confession of a man accused killing a woman and her twodaughters in a gruesome home invasion, a statement in which hetried to blame his co-defendant for escalating the crime.

In the confession, Joshua Komisarjevsky sounds subdued, speaksmatter-of-factly and calls the crime "home invasion gone terriblywrong." He describes attacking Dr. William Petit with a baseballbat, saying Petit let out "this unearthly scream" and lookedconfused.

He also portrays himself as reluctant to assault Petit andquickly begins blaming his co-defendant, Steven Hayes, forescalating the crime.

Komisarjevsky faces a possible death sentence if convicted ofthe July 2007 attack. Hayes, who likewise tried to blameKomisarjevsky for turning a home robbery into a triple killing, wasconvicted and sentenced to death last year.

The Associated Press had obtained a transcript of the confessionbefore the case's second trial began this week, but the audio wasplayed in court Wednesday for the first time. As the tape played,Petit sat hunched in the front row staring at the floor. Jurorsfollowed along reading a transcript.

In the confession, Komisarjevsky details how he spotted JenniferHawke-Petit and one of her daughters at a supermarket, noticed theyhad a nice car and followed them home. He later returned withHayes.

Hayes was convicted of raping and strangling Hawke-Petit aftertaking her to a bank to withdraw money. The girls, ages 11 and 17,were tied up and died of smoke inhalation after the house wasdoused in gasoline and set on fire.

Earlier Wednesday, jurors got their first look at graphic photosfrom inside the home. Most of the jurors gazed downward afterseeing the photos. A few appeared close to tears, and one mangripped his face.

Jurors were shown the photos after firefighters and a policelieutenant testified about their grim discovery in the house.

Michaela, 11, was found on her bed with her hands tied over herhead and her lower body hanging off the bed. Hayley, 17, was foundat the top of the stairs. Hawke-Petit was in a family room.

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