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Judge denies mistrial request in N.H. murder trial

Thirty-one-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover maintains Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott died Oct. 9, 2012, during rough consensual sex.

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Thirty-one-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover maintains Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott died Oct. 9, 2012, during rough consensual sex.

DOVER, N.H. — A judge has denied a prosecutor’s request for a mistrial in the case of a New Hampshire man accused of raping and killing a 19-year-old college student.

Peter Hinckley made his motion after opening statements from both sides Wednesday in the trial of 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover.

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Hinckley said defense attorney Joachim Barth, made misleading statements.

Judge Steven Houran denied the request.

Mazzaglia is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Elizabeth ‘‘Lizzi’’ Marriott on Oct. 9, 2012. He maintains she died during rough consensual sex.

Marriott, of Westborough, Massachusetts, was a student at the University of New Hampshire and was lured to Mazzaglia’s apartment by his then-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough.

Hinckley said Mazzaglia wouldn’t accept Marriott’s rejection. Barth said McDonough caused Marriott’s death.

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