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Witness: Wesleyan Shooting Suspect Researched Columbine, Virginia Tech Shootings

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

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

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut police detective who investigated the killing of a Wesleyan University student in 2009 has testified that the defendant searched the Internet the night before for information about the Columbine High School and Virginia Tech mass shootings.

The detective’s testimony on Tuesday came on the fourth day of Stephen Morgan’s trial before a panel of three state judges. The 32-year-old native of Marblehead, Mass., is charged with murdering 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo., at an off-campus bookstore cafe. His lawyers are pursuing an insanity defense.

State police Detective Brian Ferrucci examined Morgan’s computer and the Internet searches he performed before the killing. Ferrucci also said Morgan looked at anti-Semitic websites.

The prosecution rested its case and the defense began calling its witnesses Tuesday.

The trial resumes Wednesday.

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

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