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Deliberations start in Wayland slaying

Verdict turns on man’s mental state

WOBURN — Nobody says he did not kill her: The question before jurors is whether ­Nathaniel Fujita was sane when he beat, strangled, and slashed to death his former high school sweetheart, 18-year-old Lauren Astley, on July 3, 2011.

After nearly three weeks of testimony, the jury began deliberations in Middlesex Superior Court late Tuesday after­noon, following closing argu­ments delivered to a packed courtroom.

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