Touching moment at Fujita trial
One of the most touching moments in a courtroom occurred on Thursday when Malcolm Astley walked over and embraced the parents of the Wayland High football star who had just been convicted of brutally murdering his daughter.
The families had been close during the three years their children were dating in high school. Both children seem poised for promising futures. Laura Astley was headed for Elon College. Nathaniel Fujita was planning to play football at Trinity College. But when Laura Astley broke up with Fujita, he responded by luring her to his home in July 2011 and beating, strangling, and slashing her and dumping her body in a swampy area.
Fujita, 20, was sentenced to life in prison. As the verdict was announced, Fujita remained emotionless and did not speak. Fujita’s attorney had argued his client killed Astley during a “brief psychotic episode.” An appeal is automatic in first-degree murder convictions.
Malcolm Astley, in his victim impact statement, mentioned the many things his daughter would never experience. He also referred to “the loss of Nate as I and she thought we knew him.” He called on Fujita to apologize for his crime and atone for it by working to end violence against women.
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