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Psychologist: Defendant In Wesleyan Shooting Suffers From Paranoid Schizophrenia

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

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

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A psychologist has testified that a man charged with killing a Wesleyan University student in Connecticut in 2009 suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Forensic psychologist Madelon Baranoski took the stand for the defense Thursday in the murder trial of 32-year-old Stephen Morgan, whose lawyers say he’s not guilty by reason of insanity. The Yale University professor said Morgan has delusional thoughts that include prison guards reading his mind and video of his thoughts being shown to his family.

The Marblehead, Mass., native is charged with fatally shooting 21-year-old Wesleyan junior Johanna Justin-Jinich of Timnath, Colo., at an off-campus bookstore cafe. The trial is being heard by a three-judge panel in Middletown.

Authorities say Justin-Jinich wrote in emails that Morgan was stalking her and harassing her with unwanted emails and phone calls.

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

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