Penalty phase to resume in Conn. murder trial

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut jury will resume hearing evidence on whether a man should get the death penalty for killing two adults and a 9-year-old girl in Bridgeport.

The penalty phase of former Trumbull resident Richard Roszkowski’s trial is set to continue Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court. The jury has only two choices: lethal injection or life in prison.

The 48-year-old Roszkowski was convicted in 2009 of capital felony and murder for fatally shooting his 39-year-old ex-girlfriend, Holly Flannery, her 9-year-old daughter, Kylie, and 38-year-old Thomas Gaudet in 2006.

The 2009 jury decided Roszkowski should be put to death, but a judge overturned the sentence because of a jury instruction error. A new penalty phase began Jan. 7 but was put on hold two weeks ago after the defense disclosed new documents.

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