Defense case to begin as murder trial nears end

Defense case to begin as murder trial nears end

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DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers for the man charged with raping and killing a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student are set to present their case and move come closer to answering the question: Will the defendant testify?

Thirty-one-year-old Seth Mazzaglia is charged with first degree murder in the October 2012 death of Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say Mazzaglia strangled Marriott when she rebuffed his sexual advances, then raped her motionless body.

Defense lawyers claim Mazzaglia’s former girlfriend — 20-year-old Kathryn McDonough — smothered Marriott during rough sex. They present their case Monday.

McDonough was on the witness stand for 10 days, testifying under a grant of immunity.

Veteran defense attorneys say it’s risky to expose a defendant to cross-examination.

The bottom line, they say, is that it’s Mazzaglia’s decision.

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