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Judge Deliberating In Wesleyan Killing Trial

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut prosecutor and defense lawyer have sparred over how carefully a Massachusetts man accused of killing a Wesleyan University student planned the shooting.

The argument hinges on whether Stephen Morgan of Marblehead, Mass., was delusional, which would support his insanity defense.

Prosecutor Timothy Liston said Friday that 32-year-old Morgan planned to kill 21-year-old Johanna Justin Jinich of Timnath, Colo., at an off-campus bookstore cafe in 2009.

Lawyer Richard Brown said Morgan engaged in delusional thinking.

Three judges deciding the case may reach a verdict later Friday whether Morgan is guilty or not guilty by reason of insanity. Psychiatrists testified that Morgan showed signs of paranoid schizophrenia.

Testimony and evidence suggested Morgan became infatuated with Justin-Jinich when they met at New York University in 2007 and harassed her in emails and phone calls.

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