Detective: Defendant may have poured gas in home

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | September 26, 2011 | 11:30 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A police detective says a Connecticut man charged with a brutal home invasion that left a woman and her two daughters dead initially told investigators he may have poured gasoline before the house was set on fire.

The testimony undercuts defense efforts to blame Joshua Komisarjevsky's (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee) co-defendant. The defense has blamed Steven Hayes, who was convicted last year and is on death row, for pouring the gas.

Komisarjevsky's attorneys tried to show the jury he immediately cooperated with police by telling them two girls were still in the house engulfed in fire, while Hayes offered no help.

Detective Joseph Vitello says Komisarjevsky told him he kept his gloves on during the crime in contrast to Hayes. The defense says Hayes wanted to kill the family because he was worried he left DNA evidence.