DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Jurors who will decide the fate of the man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student were given two markedly different scenarios to weigh in closing arguments Wednesday.
Prosecutors cast Seth Mazzaglia as a cold-blooded killer who manipulated and dominated his former girlfriend and became enraged when the woman she lured to their apartment — 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott — rebuffed his sexual advances.
Defense attorneys argue that Mazzaglia’s girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, manipulated Mazzaglia and the truth of what really happened that night to save herself. They claim McDonough suffocated Marriott during rough sex involving restraints and a panic-stricken Mazzaglia helped dispose of the body in the ocean to protect her.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports