Wesleyan Killing Defendant To Doc: 'I Shot Her'

Published December 13, 2011 7:45PM (EST)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man charged with killing a Wesleyan University student has told a psychiatrist that he shot her because he believed she was hacking into his computer and watching him.

A video of the psychiatrist's interview with Stephen Morgan was shown Tuesday to a three-judge panel presiding over Morgan's murder trial in state court in Middletown, Conn. The psychiatrist testified for the defense Tuesday and said Morgan showed signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

Lawyers for the 32-year-old Marblehead, Mass., native are pursuing an insanity defense. He's charged with the 2009 killing of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich (yoh-HAH'-nah JUHS'-tihn JIHN'-ihk) of Timnath, Colo., at an off-campus bookstore cafe.

Prosecutors say emails written by Justin-Jinich show Morgan was stalking and harassing her.

Closing arguments in the trial are expected later this week.

By Salon Staff

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