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Photos Show Wesleyan Murder Suspect With Gun

A three-judge panel in Connecticut was shown surveillance photos showing the shooter fleeing the scene



    Photos Show Wesleyan Murder Suspect With Gun
    ** CAPTION CORRECTION, CORRECTS MIDDLE INITIAL OF SUSPECT TO P NOT L ** Stephen P. Morgan, right, and his attorney Richard Brown, listen to Assistant States Attorney Timothy Liston, not pictured, during Morgan's arraignment in Middletown superior court in Middletown, Conn., on Friday, May 8, 2009. Morgan is charged with a single count of murder in the shooting death of Johanna Justin-Jinich, a 21-year-old Wesleyan University student. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, pool)

    A three-judge panel in Connecticut on Thursday viewed surveillance photos that police say show a man charged with killing a Wesleyan University student running with a handgun at the crime scene.

    The photos were entered into evidence on the second day of Stephen Morgan's trial at state court in Middletown. The pictures were taken from surveillance video from an off-campus bookstore cafe on the day 21-year-old Wesleyan junior Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo., was shot to death in May 2009.

    Morgan, 32, of Marblehead, Mass., is charged with murdering Justin-Jinich. He chose three judges instead of a jury and is pursuing an insanity defense. Testimony is scheduled to resume Friday.

    Authorities say the photos show Morgan entering the store wearing a wig and baseball cap, and later running with the gun in his hand and without the disguise before exiting the building. Police say Morgan left an extensive trail of evidence at the shop including the gun, his laptop computer, his journal and the wig and cap.

    Witnesses testified Wednesday about being in the bookstore when Justin-Jinich was shot, and about the screaming and chaos that followed.

    Justin-Jinich was shot several times while working at The Red and Black Café inside Broad Street Books on May 6, 2009. Morgan surrendered the next night about 10 miles away in Meriden.

    The killing stunned and frightened the Wesleyan community over two days and caused a campus lockdown.

    After the shooting, but before Morgan was arrested, police found a journal and announced that Morgan wrote about killing Justin-Jinich, going on a shooting spree on campus and targeting Jews. Justin-Jinich's family is Jewish.

    Morgan and Justin-Jinich apparently met in 2007 while attending a summer class at New York University. Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint with police that summer claiming she was getting unwanted phone calls and insulting emails from Morgan, but she didn't pursue criminal charges.