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Delay Pushes Wesleyan Killing Trial To The Fall

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) – A state prosecutor says a psychiatric evaluation of the man charged with the campus killing of a Wesleyan University student should be complete by August.

State’s Attorney Timothy Liston and a lawyer for Stephen Morgan were in court Tuesday. They say the case could go to trial in the fall.

Morgan, formerly of Marblehead, Mass., is charged with murder in the May 2009 shooting death of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo., at a campus bookstore cafe.

The evaluation is to determine whether Morgan was mentally ill at the time. It was expected to be complete this spring, but the psychiatrist that was hired fell ill, and the process had to be restarted.

Morgan’s attorney, Richard Brown, says he may pursue of defense of mental disease or defect.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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