Seth Mazzaglia on trial for killing UNH student

DOVER, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- Seth Mazzaglia is on trial for the strangulation death of Lizzi Marriott. Marriott was a Sophomore at the University of New Hampshire when she was reported missing in October of 2012. Investigators say Mazzagila choked her with a rope during forced sex.

16 jurors were sworn in this morning. They were then taken to the Dover apartment Mazzaglia lived in at the time of Lizzi Marriott's death. It is there the prosecution says Marriott was killed as an unwilling participant in Bondage style sex.

"This is the apartment the defendant lived in with his girlfriend at the time, Kathryn McDonough, back in October 2012 and it's in this apartment that Lizzi Marriott was raped and murdered", Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward told jurors.

McDonough was there when Marriott died. She is the state's star witness. She pleaded guilty and was given a reduced sentence in exchange for testifying against Mazzaglia. The defense claims it was McDonough who killed Marriott.

"It was inside that apartment where McDonough caused Liz Marriotts death", said Mazzaglia's attorney Joachim Barth.

Jurors also visited Peirce Island where investigators say Mazzaglia and McDonough dumped Marriott's body into the Piscataquis River.

Opening statements are set for Wednesday morning.


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