Judges Deliberate Morgan's Fate

A three-judge panel could find the Wesleyan shooting suspect guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity.

A three-judge panel in Middletown has begun hearing closing arguments in the trial of a Massachusetts man charged with fatally shooting a Wesleyan student in 2009.

The trial of 32-year-old Stephen Morgan of resumed Friday morning. He's charged with killing 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich at an off-campus bookstore café.

Defense attorneys told the judges Morgan was insane when he shot and killed Justin-Jinich. A psychiatrist testified Morgan believed Justin-Jinich was hacking into his computer and watching him, and that he showed signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

Testimony and evidence at the trial has suggested that Morgan became infatuated with Justin-Jinich when the two met at New York University in 2007 and harassed her in emails and phone calls.

The judges may reach a verdict later Friday on whether Morgan is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity.

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