The alleged shooter in the murder of a Wesleyan student was arraigned this morning and remains in jail after the judge raised his bond to $15 million dollars. Officials at Wesleyan University hope the news will help restore normalcy to the campus.
29-year old Stephen Morgan looked unkempt in court this morning, with longish hair and dressed in a blue jail jump suit. His decision to turn himself in to police last night seems to have put an end to an unsettling two days for the Wesleyan University community.
Student Johanna Justin-Jinich was murdered on Wednesday.
President, Michael Roth spoke briefly to reporters after a private memorial vigil.
Roth reflected on the school’s emergency plans and was thankful that no one else was hurt after the shooting at Broad Street Bookstore.
“And it was very important over the last two days to exercise prudence, not panic.”
School officials had advised students to stay inside following information from police that the university, particularly Jewish students, could be a target.
Morgan’s attorney, Richard Brown refutes that information.
"The evidence or the claims that that students at Wesleyan were in jeopardy are from our part of view, speculation.”
Brown says Morgan is in a state of shock about his arrest and will plead not guilty. His attorney also took time to criticize the media for devoting so much time to this case rather than to everyday violence found in urban communities.
“We get a white person allegedly killing another white person at an upscale college and we get people from Boston, New York, and Connecticut putting it on the front page of the paper and start of the evening news.”
Wesleyan’s campus is still quiet after many students left while the alleged gunman was still lose. But starting next week, the university will begin a flexible exam schedule for students to get them back to activities that take place at the end of the semester.
A few blocks away at Broad Street Bookstore, the yellow police tape has been removed.
And while the bookstore remains closed, there are no signs left of what transpired Wednesday except for a small pile of pink roses that were left on the bookstore’s steps.