, Salem, MA


March 8, 2013

Wayland man convicted of killing ex


Myers also said Fujita’s parents brought him to a psychiatrist just a couple of weeks before the slaying and he was diagnosed as having a major depressive disorder.

Fujita’s aunt took the stand to testify that there was a history of mental illness in the family.

But prosecutor Lisa McGovern said Fujita was angry because Astley had broken up with him, and carefully planned the killing. She said he lured her to his home when he knew his parents would not be there, had her park her car out of sight, strangled and stabbed her, then left her body in a marsh.

He then carefully tried to cover his tracks, cleaning up the blood and hiding his bloody clothes.

A psychiatrist for the prosecution said Fujita acted out of rage and understood his actions.

When police searched Fujita’s home the day after authorities say he murdered Astley, they found bloody and wet clothing hidden in his room.

The jury heard from prosecution witnesses who said Fujita became isolated and distant his senior year. A teacher said his grades fell and a friend said he was increasingly omitted from group activities because of his dour personality.

Dunne, and a friend of Astley’s, described Fujita’s anger at a graduation party. The friend said Fujita harangued Astley, asking to talk with her, while Astley became more and more upset, trying to get away from Fujita. He was eventually asked to leave the party by Astley’s mother after punching a pole supporting a tent.

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