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Expert pans Fujita’s psychosis defense

Psychiatrist says rage led to killing

WOBURN — Rage, not psychosis, drove Nathaniel Fujita to beat, strangle, and slash to death his former high school sweetheart after she broke up with him, a psychiatrist testified for the prosecution on Monday.

“My assessment of Mr. ­Fujita’s mental status at the time of the crime was that he was angry, enraged, acting out in a very brutal way, and acting in a purposeful, well-thought-out, goal-directed and thorough way,” said Dr. Alison Fife, who met with Fujita four times ­before his trial began in ­Middlesex Superior Court.

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