WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Emotional testimony in the murder trial of 20-year-old Nathaniel Fujita continued on Tuesday with surveillance footage from 18-year-old Lauren Astley's final day of work.
The teen's mother wiped away tears as she watched the video from July 3, 2011. The footage showed her daughter arriving at the Natick Mall for work. Her co-workers were some of the last people to see her before she was brutally murdered.
More surveillance video from the same day at the same mall showed her ex-boyfriend, Nathaniel Fujita, entering the GNC Store. There was no interaction between the two.
One day later, Astley was found dead and Fujita was accused of killing her.
Fujita alleges it was Astley's idea to visit him at his parent's home on the evening of July 3. He says she was concerned about him because he wasn't being more social.
Science teacher Emily Morton shared a slight glimpse into Fujita and Astley as high school students during her testimony.
"He wasn't paying attention to me," Morton recalled. "He looked to his right to the girl who was sitting next to him. It was Lauren Astley."
Morton says there was often no emotion from the boy who went from an A- in her class to a D.
"There were actually two times in the spring when I saw him smile, one time was when I moved to the front of the room and I saw him smile at Lauren," says Morton.
Gruesome details also emerged during Tuesday's testimony about Astley's body being pulled from a marsh on July 4, 2011. A bungee cord, believed to be used to strangle Astley, was also pulled from the marsh. Investigators described the appearance of a "gaping wound" to the teen's neck.
Fujita, who appeared emotionless during Tuesday's testimony, is using an insanity defense.
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