After surrendering to Meriden police late last night, Stephen Morgan—the alleged murderer of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 and the subject of an intense nationwide search centered in Middletown—is behind bars, facing bail set at $10 million. He is scheduled to appear today at Middlesex Superior Court on Court Street, where he is to be charged with first-degree murder, according to WTNH. As of this time, we are unable to confirm exactly when the arraignment will take place.
WFSB has a video news report featuring film of Morgan, who spent four years in the Navy, being taken away by police, as well as an interview with Sonia Rodriguez, the clerk in the convenience store from which he turned himself in. Their report mentions that Morgan may have known Johanna earlier than has been reported, as they both have connections to Colorado.
In other news, the Hartford Courant has published excerpts of Johanna’s LiveJournal and used them to profile her, saying, among other things, that she “was filled with all the angst that teenagers and college students have.”
In another article, the Courant describes the scene inside the Meriden convenience store in the moments before Morgan turned himself in:
Morgan, the subject of a nationwide manhunt, walked into the Cumberland Farms store on Old Colony Road in Meriden about 9 p.m. and bought a Smoothie. He told the clerk, Sonia Rodriguez, that he needed to call police and she gave him a phone.
Morgan had trouble dialing, so she dialed Meriden police for him and handed him the phone. After talking briefly on the phone, he walked outside and was grabbed within minutes by police officers.
Rodriguez, who did not realize Morgan was the man wanted for questioning in the shooting, said his clothes were dirty and wet.
The Courant also has an article detailing the University’s use of an incorrect photo of Stephen Morgan—not the suspected killer, but a professor of sociology at Cornell. While the University and the police are trading blame for the mistake, Morgan himself—the professor, not the suspected murderer—isn’t too aggrieved.
President Roth is expected to release details at 11:00 AM about a new, flexible schedule for final exams:
We will be extremely flexible about finals. Nobody needs worry about short-term academic deadlines right now, but we do want to give students an opportunity to finish their work.
We want to remind those on campus or soon returning that there will be a memorial service for Johanna today, at 1:00 PM, in the courtyard outside of Usdan.