State psychiatrist testifies in Wesleyan killing

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 7:00 PM
State psychiatrist testifies in Wesleyan killing

A psychiatrist who examined a man charged with killing a Wesleyan University student has testified that the man showed signs of psychosis.

Psychiatrist Donald Grayson met with Stephen Morgan in March at the request of Connecticut officials but testified Wednesday as a defense witness. He said symptoms that Morgan showed as a child could be considered precursors for a progressive psychosis.

Morgan, a native of Marblehead, Mass., is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich (yoh-HAH'-nah JUHS'-tihn JIHN'-ihk) of Timnath, Colo., at an off-campus bookstore cafe in 2009.

Defense attorneys arguing the case in state court in Middletown, Conn., are seeking a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Other mental health experts have said the 32-year-old Morgan has shown signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

Closing arguments are expected on Friday.