Seth Mazzaglia

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At a ceremony at the Statehouse Tuesday, Governor Maggie Hassan will sign a bill into law that requires those convicted of violent crimes to appear in court for victim impact statements.

New Hampshire will be the first state to have such a requirement.

The bill was filed after convicted murderer Seth Mazzaglia initially refused to appear in court to hear victim impact statements read by friends and family of his victim, Lizzi Marriott.

Mazzaglia ultimately withdrew his motion, and appeared for the hearing. He received a mandatory life sentence.

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The New Hampshire House has passed a bill that would require violent offenders to attend their sentencing hearings, following a dispute in the case of a man convicted of raping a 19-year-old college student.

It was introduced by Rep. Renny Cushing, a Hampton Democrat whose father and brother-in-law were slain. He said he was outraged when Seth Mazzaglia wanted to skip his sentencing in the death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott.

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  Last year, Seth Mazzaglia was convicted of the rape and murder of UNH student Lizzie Marriott. But after the conviction he sought to avoid being present for the sentencing hearing. He ultimately withdrew that request, but family members of the victim were surprised and angered. They had to face the prospect that they may not have their one chance throughout the proceedings to speak directly to the killer.

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The man serving a life sentence without parole for raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student will plead guilty to attempted escape from a county jail.

Seth Mazzaglia received the maximum sentence in August for the Oct. 9, 2012, killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts.

He was scheduled to go on trial Nov. 3 in Strafford County Superior Court for plotting to escape from the county jail while awaiting trial on the rape and murder charges.

Court officials confirm the 32-year-old Mazzaglia will plead guilty Friday.

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The Dover man convicted of the rape and murder of 19-year-old UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at the Strafford County Courthouse.  

Seth Mazzaglia was shackled and dressed in green jail garb, his expression inscrutable, as 13 of Marriott’s loved ones conveyed their grief. 

  “I want you to know, unequivocably, that I hate you,” Lizzi’s mother Melissa Marriott told Mazzaglia.

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The man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 has withdrawn his motion to skip his sentencing hearing.

Seth Mazzaglia withdrew his motion nearly an hour after a court appearance where he asked a judge to not make him appear at Thursday's sentencing.

Lawyers for the 31-year-old Mazzaglia had argued earlier Tuesday that he has the right to not be present for sentencing.

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A hearing will be held Tuesday to determine whether a man convicted of murdering a University of New Hampshire student will be allowed to skip his sentencing hearing later this week.

Lawyers for Seth Mazzaglia say their client does not wish to be present when friends and family of 19-year-old Lizzie Marriott make statements in court Thursday.

Prosecutors are expected to ask a superior court judge to reject the motion and force him to be in the courtroom during sentencing.

The 31-year-old Mazzaglia faces life in prison faces for killing Marriott in 2012.

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  A jury has found Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old Dover man accused of killing and raping 19 year old UNH student Lizzi Marriott, guilty of all charges, including first degree murder.  

After Marriott died, investigators found neither Lizzi Marriott’s body, nor any direct evidence of her murder.  A guilty verdict in this trial would depend entirely on the credibility of the crime’s only eyewitness,  Kat McDonough: the now 20-year old ex-girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia.

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A jury has found a Dover man guilty of the murder of 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott.

Jurors in Strafford Superior Court deliberated for less than two days before finding 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia, a community theater actor and karate instructor, guilty of first-degree murder by strangulation. 

The jury found Mazzaglia guilty of additional charges related to Marriott's death – murder in the commission of felony sexual assault and two counts of conspiracy related to Mazzaglia’s efforts to tamper with and falsify evidence. 

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A prosecutor asked jurors to reject the efforts of a 31-year-old man charged with raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student to evade responsibility for his actions.

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  The defense has rested in the trial of Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old Dover man charged with raping and killing UNH student Lizzi Marriott. 

Mazzaglia’s defense team rested after only two days, following 18 days of arguments from state prosecutors-- including extensive testimony by Mazzaglia’s 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, Kat McDonough.  The defendant did not testify on his own behalf.

During the prosecution, the state argued Mazzaglia strangled Marriott. The defense countered that McDonough accidentally asphyxiated Marriott during sex.

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Lawyers for the man prosecutors say raped and killed a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student are set to begin presenting their case.

Accused Killer Of UNH Student Waives Arraignment

Oct 3, 2013
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The New Hampshire man charged with killing a University of New Hampshire sophomore nearly a year ago has waived arraignment on new charges that he conspired to mislead investigators.

Thirty-year-old Seth Mazzaglia was charged last year with first-degree murder in the disappearance and death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Mass.

Last month, he was indicted for conspiracy to hinder the prosecution and faced arraignment by video Thursday in Strafford Superior Court, but waived arraignment.

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A second arrest has been made in connection with disappearance and murder of UNH student Elizabeth Marriott. 19-year-old Portsmouth resident Kathryn McDonough has been arrested on charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution and conspiracy to hinder apprehension or prosecution.

Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley says McDonough was the girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia who has been charged with Marriott’s murder.

A missing poster for Lizzi Marriott at UNH
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The suspect charged in the death of UNH student Lizzi Marriott will be arraigned in Dover District court Monday.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, authorities revealed they had information confirming the 19-year-old's death, but that they have yet to recover her body.

"This is still an active and ongoing investigation. We are, at this point only 24 hours in and, as you are aware, the search for her was ongoing for a period of about two days or so. But now, obviously, that has changed."

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Law enforcement officials confirmed the death of 19-year-old Lizzi Marriott, the missing UNH student, and have charged a Dover man with her murder.

At a press conference outside of Dover's police station, Assistant Attorney General James Vara confirmed Lizzi Marriott’s death, but said that officials were still trying to locate her body.

Vara also announced that a suspect has been taken into custody. 29-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover, New Hampshire, has been charged with second degree murder.