The trial of Nathaniel Fujita was handed over to a Wayland jury this past Wednesday to commence their deliberations over whether Fujita should be found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Lauren Astley.
After emotional closing arguments this past Tuesday, the jury is now set to decide Fujita’s fate. The prosecution has alleged that Fujita strangled and stabbed Astley, who was 18 when she died.
At the trial, the prosecution presented evidence against Fujita and performed a re-enactment of the way that Fujita allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend, who they say had moved on from the relationship and was attempting to reach out to Fujita in friendship.
Fujita’s defense team claims that he was mentally ill at the time of the wrongful death, and was unable to control his actions or understand the consequences that his actions would have.
If the jury returns a guilty verdict, Fujita faces a potential life sentence in prison, without the possibility of parole.
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