Wesleyan Shooting Suspect in Court, Awaiting Mental Exam Results

The court is awaiting results of his mental competency exam

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    Stephen P. Morgan

    The man suspected of walking into a Wesleyan University café and bookstore and gunning down a beautiful co-ed he knew from his days at NYU was back in Connecticut courtroom today and his case is expected to resume March 2 when the results of his mental health exam are completed.

    Stephen P. Morgan has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the shooting death last year of Johanna Justin-Jinich , 21, of Timnath, Colorado.

    The former Marblehead, Mass., man is charged with murder and other offenses in the shooting death last year of acquaintance  Justin-Jinich, a slaying that sparked a two-day manhunt and forced the Wesleyan campuses and nearby Jewish centers to be put on lockdown.

    Morgan's attorneys are awaiting Morgan's mental health evaluation to determine whether they will claim insanity as part of his not The evaluation is expected to be complete by his next court date.

    Prosecutors have ordered an examination of the Morgan's computer, including e-mails. They also want a DNA analysis of material on Morgan's clothes to determine whether he was close to Justin-Jinich when she was shot. 

    Morgan did not speak during Tuesday's court appearance, which several of his family members attended. Through his attorney, they declined to comment.

    Justin-Jinich and Morgan appear to have known each other from a six-week summer course they took at New York University in 2007.

    The young woman filed a complaint against Morgan after the class, telling NYU’s Public Safety Department she had been receiving harassing emails and phone calls from him.  The school said that its officers attempted to investigate her claims, but that she declined to pursue the case.

    Justin-Jinich also reached out to the New York Police Department, filing an aggravated harassment complaint on July 10, 2007, cops said. It claimed that he was calling her repeatedly and sent her insulting emails for at least a week, the Associated Press reports.

    In one e-mail, Morgan allegedly said, "You're going to have a lot more problems down the road if you can't take any (expletive) criticism, Johanna," according to the police report."