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Jury Begins Trial Deliberations In Slaying And Rape Of UNH Student From Mass.

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Seth Mazzaglia in Strafford County Superior Court, June 4, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

Seth Mazzaglia in Strafford County Superior Court, June 4, 2014. (WBZ-TV)

DOVER, N.H. (AP) – Jurors are deliberating the fate of a 31-year-old man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012.

The five men and seven women left the courtroom to choose a foreperson and begin deliberations Thursday, after hearing instructions on the law.

Seth Mazzaglia of Dover is charged with first-degree murder and other felonies in the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott of Westborough, Mass.

Jurors will deliberate two charges of first-degree murder; second-degree murder; conspiracy to commit witness tampering; and conspiracy to fabricate physical evidence.

Prosecutors say Mazzaglia strangled and raped Marriott after she rebuffed his sexual advances Oct. 9, 2012.

Defense lawyers say his former girlfriend, 20-year-old Kathryn McDonough, killed Marriott during rough sex involving restraints, then blamed Mazzaglia when she got immunity from prosecution.

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