A Massachusetts man accused of fatally shooting a Wesleyan University student last May is expected to appear in court Wednesday.
Stephen P. Morgan, 29, of Marblehead, Mass., is due in Superior Court in Middletown for a pre-trial hearing. He is charged with murder in the May 6 shooting of Johanna Justin-Jinich, of Timnath, Colo., in the cafe at Broad Street Books near Wesleyan.
Morgan is accused of shooting Justin-Jinich, 21, several times in the head and body. Court records say he walked into the cafe in the afternoon wearing a disguise, shot Justin-Jinich with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and shed his disguise before police arrived.
When questioned at the crime scene by Middletown police, Morgan gave his name and told the officer that he was from Boulder, Colo. Police took his information and let him go.
The afternoon shooting prompted a nearly two-day campus lockdown and nationwide search for Morgan, who, according to a New York City police report, threatened Justin-Jinich in 2007, when they were attending a New York University summer program.
After the shooting, investigators found a journal they believe belonged to Morgan that had writings about a killing spree targeting Jewish people and "beautiful and smart" Wesleyan students, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Morgan turned himself in the night after the shooting after public pleas from his family to surrender.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times