UPDATE: Morgan Found Not Guilty in Justin-Jinich Murder By Reason of Insanity
Stephen Morgan, the man accused of murdering Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 in Red & Black Café on May 2009 was found not guilty of murder by reason of mental disease or defect by a panel of three judges. The judges made the ruling on Friday afternoon in Superior Court in Middletown at the conclusion of the eight-day trial. Morgan was also found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for the other charges against him, which included intimidation due to racial bigotry or bias and possession of a pistol without a permit. He will now be sent to the Whiting Forensic Institute in Middletown for a 60 day mental evaluation by the state, after which the panel of judges will decide how long he should be committed at a hearing set for Feb. 29.