Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Malcolm Astley and Mary Dunne were guests Monday on "Katie," a talk show hosted by Katie Couric. They discussed their ability to move forward in the wake of their daughter, Lauren Astley's, murder at the hands of Nathaniel Fujita.
"Extraordinary grace." Such were the words Katie Couric used to introduce two of the guests on Monday's episode of "Katie." Those two guests were Mary Dunne of Weston and Malcolm Astley of Wayland, parents of Lauren Astley, the Wayland teenager killed in July 2011 by her ex-boyfriend and Wayland High School classmate Nathaniel Fujita. "If you were her parents and she was your only child, how could you possibly go on?" Couric asked. "But they have managed to and with extraordinary grace." Couric then went on to briefly describe the circumstances of Astley's murder, Fujita's arrest and then his conviction of first-degree murder just weeks ago in Courtroom 530 at Middlsex Superior Court. Couric focused in on the day of the verdict, March 7, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
A jury of 12 men and women deliberated for a little more than seven hours before reaching a guilty verdict.
Nathaniel Fujita stood stoically with his head hung down as the jury foreman read the verdict Wednesday morning. "Guilty" of first-degree murder. Behind the defendant, his mother, Beth Fujita, began to weep. But tears flowed from the left side of the courtroom as well, as the parents of Lauren Astley, the 18-year-old woman Fujita murdered in July 2011, learned that he would be held accountable for taking their daughter's life. As the verdict was read, Prosecutor Lisa McGovern turned to Astley's parents and met their eyes. In the state of Massachusetts, Fujita now faces an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The foreman then read the verdicts for the other three charges Fujita faced: Judge Peter Lauriat…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Defense attorney William Sullivan and Prosecutor Lisa McGovern will make their opening statements in the case of a Wayland man accused of killing Lauren Astley in 2011.
Opening statements will take place today at Middlesex Superior Court in the trial of a 20-year-old Wayland man accused of killing 18-year-old Lauren Astley, also of Wayland, in July 2011. Nathaniel Fujita was 18 years old when Astley’s body, strangled and with multiple stab wounds, was found in a Wayland marsh. He has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery. According to Massachusetts law, Fujita faces life in prison without parole if convicted of first-degree murder. Fujita’s lawyer William Sullivan, however, said this is a case where the issue of “criminal responsibility” could be a primary question, though he would not officially say whether he planned to …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Nathaniel Fujita will face trial beginning today in the 2011 murder of Lauren Astley.
A courtroom at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn will today see a host of potential jurors for the trial of Nathaniel Fujita, the man accused of brutally killing his ex-girlfriend and fellow Wayland High School Class of 2011 graduate Lauren Astley. Fujita's lawyer, William Sullivan, has preemptively filed the paperwork for a possible change of venue should the defense and prosecution be unable to seat a panel of jurors given the substantial press this case receives since Astley's murder on July 3, 2011. Patch will be covering the trial, much as we have as the legal process has unfolded throughout the past 19 months since Fujita's arrest. Below is a brief recap of the process that has brought the case to this point. - Wayland Man Arrest …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Lauren Dunne Astley was murdered on July 3, 2011. On July 3, 2012, the community gathered to remember her sparkle.
“Sparkle” has in the past year embedded itself in the vernacular of the small town of Wayland. The joyful connotation of the word – “sparkle” – belies the tragic occasion for its rise to the consciousness of people connected through tragedy and, on Tuesday night, through remembrance. On July 3, 2012, friends, neighbors and family of Lauren Dunne Astley gathered in the meetinghouse of First Parish Wayland for a candlelight vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the night the 18-year-old was murdered. Astley’s ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita, has been charged with the crime. And while the tragedy of the events of July 3, 2011, is still fresh in the minds of many, it was more likely the celebration of Astley’s sparkle that brought …
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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Friday, July 8, 2011
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The body of Astley, 18, was found Monday morning in Wayland.
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