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Joshua Komisarjevsky convicted in deadly Conn. home invasion trial

Joshua Komisarjevsky
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Joshua Komisarjevsky
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(CBS/AP) NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A Connecticut man has been convicted of killing a woman and her two daughters during a gruesome 2007 home invasion in which family members were tied up, molested, doused in gas and left to die in a fire.

Pictures: Petit family

Joshua Komisarjevsky was found guilty Thursday of capital felony killing and other charges. The same jury will later decide whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison.

Authorities say Komisarjevsky and his co-defendant Steven Hayes broke into the family's home, beat Dr. William Petit with a bat, tied up him and his family, and forced his wife to withdraw money from a bank. The house was then doused in gas and set on fire, leading to the girls' deaths from smoke inhalation.

Hayes was convicted last year of raping and strangling Jennifer Hawke-Petit and killing her daughters. He is on death row.

The crime in the affluent New Haven suburb of Cheshire left the state so unsettled that it bolstered efforts to retain the death penalty. It also led to a newly-defined crime of home invasion.

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