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Man ruled insane in college killing sues state hospital

Stephen Morgan, from Massachusetts, says a hospital employee improperly told a TV station in 2017 that he and other patients were allowed to play violent video games
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FILE — In this May 8, 2009 file photo, Stephen P. Morgan, right, and his attorney Richard Brown, listen to judge Mary-Margaret Burgdorff in Middletown Superior Court in Middletown, Conn. Morgan, a Massachusetts man acquitted by reason of insanity of killing a Wesleyan University student in 2009, has filed a lawsuit against Connecticut's state psychiatric hospital complex, saying an employee improperly told a TV station that he and other patients were allowed to play violent video games. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham, Pool, File)

HARTFORD, Conn — A Massachusetts man acquitted by reason of insanity of killing a Wesleyan University student in 2009 has filed a lawsuit against Connecticut’s state psychiatric hospital complex.

Stephen Morgan, from Marblehead, Massachusetts, says a hospital employee improperly told a TV station in 2017 that he and other patients were allowed to play violent video games. 

Morgan was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity in the shooting death of 21-year-old Wesleyan student Johanna Justin-Jinich at a campus bookstore and cafe. 

He was committed to the state's maximum-security psychiatric hospital for 60 years. State officials said they can't comment on pending litigation.