Wesleyan shooting suspect turns himself in

May 8, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Stephen P. Morgan, the on the run suspect in the killing of Johanna Justin-Jinich, was in custody Thursday following the slaying of the Wesleyan junior at a cafe in Middletown, Conn.  Morgan, 29, had caused panic after threatening a campus shooting spree, surrendered to police Thursday night after seeing his photo in a newspaper and was taken into custody about 9:15 p.m. after stopping at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Meriden, about 10 miles from the Wesleyan University campus.

Clerk Sonya Rodriguez told WFSB-TV that she didn’t recognize Morgan when he got a drink and browsed the newspapers. She said he had trouble using he phone and asked her to call police, but she wasn’t suspicious.
When police arrived, they told her the man she had been talking to was wanted for Wednesday’s fatal shooting of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich in Middletown.

“I started crying,” she says. “I was nervous. He killed someone.”

Justin-Jinich was shot seven times at close range inside a bookstore cafe just off campus by a gunman wearing a wig. Morgan headed outside, but did not run away from the scene immediately. Checking witnesses, one officer asked for his name and phone number in case the police needed to contact him later, but let him go, The Hartford Courant reported. Authorities have said Morgan and Justin-Jinich have known each other since at least 2007, when Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint against him while they were enrolled in a summer class at New York University.   Morgan is being held on $10 million bond and is due in court Friday morning.


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