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Stephen Morgan (Pool Photo: Catherine Avalone/The Middletown Press)

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By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A crime scene videotape showing the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a Wesleyan University student has been shown at the trial of a Massachusetts man accused of killing her.

Connecticut state police detective Jeffrey Payette testified Wednesday about the recording showing seven shell casings, a bloody floor, a discarded gun and a wig police say the killer used.

Stephen Morgan is charged in the 2009 slaying of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo. His case is being heard by a three-judge panel. His lawyer is pursuing an insanity defense.

Police say the 32-year-old Marblehead, Mass., native wrote in his journals about killing Justin-Jinich and going on a campus shooting spree targeting Jews.

The two apparently met in a New York University summer class in 2007, when Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against him.

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

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