Victims' supporter commented to Conn. jurors

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | October 3, 2011 | 10:45 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A judge has denied a defense motion for a mistrial after a supporter of the victims' family spoke to jurors in the trial of a Connecticut man charged with a brutal home invasion.

The juror says a member or supporter of the Petit family commented Friday during the lunch break, saying "thank you for doing what you're doing." The judge then questioned the jurors about what was said and how it affected them.

Two alternate jurors were nearby but said they didn't hear the comment. None said the comment affected his or her ability to serve impartially.

The judge called the comment improper but not catastrophic.

Prosecutors are expected to rest Monday in their case against Joshua Komisarjevsky (koh-mih-sar-JEV'-skee).

He faces a possible death sentence if convicted of killing a Cheshire woman and her two daughters in 2007.