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Psychiatrist continues testifying in Conn. trial

November 22, 2011

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A psychiatrist is set to continue testifying in the sentencing phase of a convicted Connecticut home invasion killer who faces a possible death sentence.

Dr. Richard Dudley Jr. testified Monday that Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) long suffered from a mood disorder that included profound depression, but his ultra-religious family never got him psychological treatment. Dudley's due back on the stand Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court.

The jury that will decide whether Komisarjevsky gets the death penalty or life in prison has already heard testimony about his troubled childhood, including being sexually abused by an older foster brother.

Komisarjevsky and co-defendant Steven Hayes were convicted of capital felony, murder and sexual assault in the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters at their Cheshire home. Hayes is on death row.