Bloody details come out in Wayland murder trial
WOBURN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Testimony in the murder trial of 20-year-old Nathanial Fujita brought a mother to tears on Tuesday.
Fujita, 20, is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 18-year-old Lauren Astley, and dumping her body in a marsh in Wayland in July 2011.
Astley’s mother fought back tears in court as prosecutors showed the jury the clothing she was wearing the day investigators found her body.
Investigators said they found the bloody clothing hidden in Fujita’s room.
“In the ceiling there was a, what I would deem a crawl space,” said an official. “I saw a pair of sneakers with brownish-red stains on them that appeared to be blood.”
The focus of Tuesday’s testimony moved to Fujita’s computer, where a digital forensic examiner said someone went to the website Google and searched “Does water erase fingerprints” the day after Fujita allegedly dumped her body.
At the time, the computer was logged into Fujita’s account, but his attorney argues Fujita made no other similar searches in the days leading up to Astley’s death.
“There was no similar questions regarding finger prints prior to July 4 of 2011,” said Fujita’s attorney.
Fujita and Astley were in an on-again, off-again relationship. The two broke up near the end of their senior year of high school. Prosecutors said Fujita never got over the breakup and Astley did.
A series of text messages read in court show Astley reaching out to him repeatedly and texting him days before she died.
One text from Astley to Fujita reads: "This is like the hundreth [sic] time ive [sic] tried to reach u [sic] is there a reason u [sic] wont [sic] answer me?"
The jury is expected to have the case next week. If convicted, Fujita could face life in prison.