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Bridgeport triple homicide case returns to court

May 28, 2012
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—A state judge is deciding whether two lawyers for a convicted triple murderer can withdraw from the case.

The penalty phase of the trial of Richard Roszkowski (roz-KOW'-ski) will determine whether he should be sentenced to death.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. He was convicted and condemned to death in 2009, but a new penalty phase was ordered because of a judge's mistake during jury instructions.

Roszkowski fatally shot 39-year-old Holly Flannery, her 9-year-old daughter Kylie and 38-year-old Thomas Gaudet in Bridgeport in 2006.

Judge Robert Devlin Jr. has said he expects to approve the withdrawal of Roszkowski's lawyers and appoint another attorney at Wednesday's hearing. Roszkowski's lawyers have cited difficulties working with him on his defense.

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