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Psychiatric Evaluation Of Wesleyan Shooting Suspect Nearly Complete

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Stephen Morgan (Middletown Police/AP Photo)

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ Prosecutors have not completed their long-awaited evaluation of a man charged with killing a Wesleyan University student at a bookstore near campus in 2009.

Stephen P. Morgan appeared Tuesday in Middletown Superior Court. He has pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting death of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo. His lawyers are expected to mount an insanity defense.

The case against the 31-year-old Marblehead, Mass., native has stalled because of delayed psychiatric testing. An expert hired by the state to evaluate Morgan became ill and couldn’t finish the report, forcing prosecutor Timothy Liston to hire another psychiatrist earlier this year.

Liston said Tuesday that Dr. Donald Grayson has completed his interviews, but now must review his notes and other information and compile a report.

That is expected to be ready by Morgan’s next court hearing on Aug. 23.

Morgan’s lawyer, Richard Brown is expected to mount an insanity defense. He expects the trial to begin in the fall.

Morgan, 31, a native of Marblehead, Mass., about 17 miles northeast of Boston, was first evaluated by a psychiatrist hired by defense lawyers. Brown hasn’t released the findings of that review.

Timothy Liston has said there’s nothing anyone can do to move the case forward before Grayson finishes his report.

Police say Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo., was working at The Red and Black Cafe inside Broad Street Books on May 6, 2009, when Morgan allegedly walked in wearing a wig and shot her several times. Morgan surrendered to police a day after the killing.

Authorities said Justin-Jinich and Morgan knew each other since at least 2007, when they were enrolled in a summer class at New York University and she filed a harassment complaint against him. The complaint said Morgan had called her repeatedly and sent her insulting emails, but no criminal charges were filed.

The shooting put people on the Wesleyan campus on edge. Police announced before Morgan’s arrest that they confiscated his car and found a journal in which he wrote about killing Justin-Jinich and going on a campus shooting spree targeting Jews.

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

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