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State Police: Blood Found In Nate Fujita’s Home, Car After Ex-Girlfriend’s Murder

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – It may be a glimpse into the Wayland High School football star’s insanity defense in the alleged murder of his high school sweetheart.

On the fourth day of testimony in his trial, Nate Fujita’s attorney questioned one of his former teammates about some hits he took on the football field. “Do you remember him getting hit, I think it was a Lincoln-Sudbury game, so hard he was spitting up blood?” asked William Sullivan. Ronald Bolivar answered, “yes.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

That was at the end of the most emotional day yet in Fujita’s trial. He’s accused of murdering his former girlfriend and Wayland High School classmate, Lauren Astley, after she broke up with him a year-and-a-half-ago.

For the first day since the trial began, Fujita himself showed emotion, crying as he looked up at Bolivar. Old pictures showed happier times with friends; graduation photos, party pictures, and football photos.

Lauren’s best friend, Genevieve Flynn, broke down in tears as she faced him on the witness stand. Fujita stared down at the table, unable to look up as she described the last day she saw Astley, the day she was killed. She also recalled the moments waiting at the Wayland town beach, where Astley’s car turned up after she mysteriously disappeared. “We were texting and calling everyone we know to see if they had heard from Lauren,” she said through tears.

Before that, the morning was spent pouring through fingerprints and blood evidence. A photo shows a stash of empty alcohol bottles in Fujita’s bedroom, and a home test for marijuana found in his parents’ room.

Another Wayland high school student testified she saw Fujita driving the night Astley was murdered, shirtless, with rap music blaring from an open car window. “It was pretty loud,” said Anna Sharry.

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