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New Hampshire

June 24, 2014

Defense continues in UNH student murder trial

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for the 31-year-old New Hampshire man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student are expected to call more witnesses at his trial.

Seth Mazzaglia's lawyers began their case on Monday. Mazzaglia is charged with first-degree murder in the October 2012 death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts.

Tuesday is day 19 of the trial.

During testimony Monday, a private investigator said Mazzaglia's then-girlfriend, 20-year-old Kathryn McDonough, told her Marriott died when the two women were engaged in consensual rough sex.

McDonough testified that she initially said that to protect Mazzaglia. She testified at trial that Mazzaglia choked Marriott after she rejected his sexual advances.

McDonough is serving 1 ½ to 3 years in prison for hindering prosecution. Defense lawyers say she lied to get a reduced sentence.

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