Stephen Morgan, the accused killer of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10, appeared in court last Wednesday and pleaded not guilty on all three charges leveled against him: murder, intimidation based on bigotry, and carrying an unlicensed pistol.
However, according to the Middletown Press, the case will be continued to October 20th while evidence related to the crime is processed:
Items from the crime scene and Morgan’s car and hotel room are being analyzed by the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory in Meriden. Although officials at the crime lab cannot discuss cases under investigation, court documents on file at Superior Court in Middletown list items seized by police, including a laptop computer, an iPhone, a digital video camera, receipts, clothing, bullet magazines, a gun case and a portable computer hard drive. Police also seized seven spent shell casings, eight bullet fragments, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, a brown long-haired wig, a Cleveland Indians baseball cap and a pair of Brooks Brothers eyeglasses from inside the bookstore.
Police applied for a warrant to take DNA samples from the inside of Morgan’s cheek, which will be compared to evidence found at the scene, court documents said.
Scientists at the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory are not at liberty to discuss evidence they are processing. […] Carl Ladd, supervisor of the lab’s DNA section, said the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory examines evidence in about 1,500 cases a year. They also add about 700 DNA profiles per month to a database for convicted criminals […]
“We don’t think about guilt or innocence,” Ladd said. “We give important information, but someone else is deciding the contextual significance. All we would be given is the swab, and we would be asked ‘Is your DNA on that counter? Yes, or no?’”
Right, so it might take frustratingly long to process. But by all other indications, the analysis should provide a very strong conclusion which puts this guy in prison forever.
Middletown Press: Murder case continued