Newsworthy Wrap-Up: Friday, 12/16/2011
MASSACHUSETTS – It was truly one of those “thank God it’s Friday” kind of days with just a week until the holiday truly hits our doorstep. Yet again, many of the headline across the Commonwealth are in fact NoBo regional stories. From the mysterious murder in Andover that has residents concerned to another disgraced State Trooper’s arrest in the NoBo region, this is today’s Newsworthy Wrap-Up.
1. A Marblehead man on trial in Connecticut for the murder of a Weslyan student was found not guilty today by reason of insanity, sparking national coverage of the verdict as well as continued coverage by the local media. A three-judge panel committed Stephen Morgan, a 32-year old Marblehead man, to a maximum-security psychiatric hospital for the criminally insane. Morgan was charged with the murder of 21-year-old Johanna Justin-Jinich, a Wesylan student from Colorado, in May of 2009. She had been brutally murdered, shot seven times while working at a bookstore cafe. Morgan believed Justin-Jinich had been stalking him, however, evidence presented by the prosecution at trial indicated Morgan in fact was stalking the victim.