Trial to begin for Wesleyan killing suspect
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—A man charged in the 2009 shooting death of a Wesleyan University student in Connecticut will be going on trial within the next week.
A three-judge panel at Middletown Superior Court is scheduled to begin hearing testimony Wednesday in the murder trial of 32-year-old Stephen Morgan of Marblehead, Mass. He's accused of killing 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo., in an off-campus bookstore café.
Morgan chose the three judges over a jury last month as his lawyer pursues an insanity defense. The trial has been scheduled for six non-consecutive days through Dec. 14. Unlike a jury, the judges don't have to be unanimous in their verdict.
Police say Morgan killed Justin-Jinich two years after she filed a harassment complaint against him when they attended New York University.