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Testimony Resumes In Slain New Hampshire Coed Case

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Seth Mazzaglia in Strafford Superior Court. (WBZ-TV)

Seth Mazzaglia in Strafford Superior Court. (WBZ-TV)

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DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Prosecutors will continue presenting evidence in the first-degree murder trial of a man they say raped and killed a University of New Hampshire co-ed.

Prosecutors told jurors in opening statements that 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia raped and strangled 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts after she rejected his sexual advances on Oct. 9, 2012.

His lawyers say Mazzaglia’s girlfriend at the time — Kathryn McDonough — killed the 19-year-old Marriott during rough sex. They told jurors that Mazzaglia initially took blame for the killing because of his “obsessive love” for McDonough.

The trial enters its fourth day Monday in Strafford County Superior Court.

McDonough is serving 1 1/2 to 3 years in prison. She is expected to be a key witness against Mazzaglia.

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