Wesleyan Killing Defendant To Doc: 'I Shot Her'

By Salon Staff
December 14, 2011 12:45AM (UTC)
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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.

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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.


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