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Morgan Weighs Three-Judge Panel Or Jury

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Stephen Morgan (Middletown Police/AP Photo)

Stephen Morgan (Middletown Police/AP Photo)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) – A man charged with shooting a Wesleyan University student to death in 2009 is deciding whether he wants his trial to be heard by a jury or a three-judge panel.

A lawyer for 31-year-old Stephen Morgan is expected to reveal his client’s decision to a state judge next Thursday in Middletown Superior Court.

Morgan is expected to mount an insanity defense. Defendants in such cases often choose to have judges decide their guilt or innocence because of the complex legal issues involved.

The Marblehead, Mass., native is charged with murdering 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo., in a bookstore cafDe near the Middletown campus in May 2009. Police say Justin-Jinich had accused Morgan of harassment when the two attended New York University in 2007.

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

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