After the body of 18-year-old Lauren Astley was pulled from a marsh, police searched the home of Massachusetts man Nathaniel Fujita. Astley was his ex-girlfriend. The cops reportedly discovered wet clothing stuffed in a crawl space, blood in the kitchen and blood all over the garage.
After those discoveries, a cyber expert went to work on Fujita’s computer. The expert is said to have found a Google search about how to get rid of fingerprints. According to testimony given in court, Fujita had also joined a Facebook group called “Have you seen Lauren Astley.”
Fujita is on trial for first-degree murder and other charges. He is accused of killing Astley in July of 2011 after she broke up with him. The breakup happened during their senior year of high school.
Prosecutors say Fujita lured Astley to his house and told her to park out of sight, reports the Boston Globe. Fujita then beat, strangled and slashed the teen to death in his home’s detached garage. After Astley was dead, he allegedly dumped her body in the marsh where it was found.
William Sullivan, Fujita’s attorney, is claiming that his client was suffering a brief psychotic episode at the time of the killing. When Fujita was arrested, he had abrasions on his right hand, knee and upper thigh.
Melissa Marino, a digital evidence investigator who is testifying at the trial, said that Fujita’s web searches were fairly normal during the days leading up to Astley’s killing. However on the day that she died, Fujita did a Google search for the question, “Does water erase fingerprints?”
In the courtroom, prosecutor Lisa McGovern held up the black bungee cord that was found tangled in Astley’s hair when they pulled her body from the marsh. When he saw the cord, Fujita put his head down. Astley’s mother, Mary Dunne, began shaking after seeing the cord.
Source: (Boston Globe)