WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Testimony continues Wednesday in the trial of a Wayland man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend.
Nathaniel Fujita, 20, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lauren Astley's July 2011 death. Prosecutors say Fujita stabbed and strangled the 18-year-old, then left her body in a marshy area of town.
Tuesday was an emotional day in Middlesex Superior Court as surveillance video showed Astley arriving at the Natick Mall for work on the day of her death. Her parents cried as they watched the video of Astley getting on and off an escalator. Fujita was allegedly seen in the same footage moments later, purchasing protein powder from a GNC store.
One of the couple's former teachers also testified. Wayland High School teacher Emily Norton said she often saw no emotion from Fujita, except for when he sat next to Astley in class. Norton also said Fujita was an honors student whose A average fell to an F.
Fujita and Astley were 18 at the time and had just graduated from Wayland High School.
Fujita is using an insanity defense.