Mazzaglia waives right to hearing
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 16:02
DOVER — The man charged with killing a University of New Hampshire student whose body still has not been found has given up his right to a hearing.
Twenty-nine-old Seth Mazzaglia was scheduled to be in Dover District Court Monday for a probable cause hearing on second-degree murder charges.
Prosecutors say he suffocated or strangled 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott Oct. 9. Investigators continue to search for her body along the New Hampshire coastline.
A judge did not reach a decision Monday in a hearing involving several newspapers regarding the release of several court documents pertaining to the case. The newspapers argue that the documents should be revealed and would give the public better knowledge of the details surrounding the accusations against Mazzaglia. The prosecutors argue that releasing the information could jeopardize the case.
Assistant Attorney General James Vara objected the newspapers’ motions last week. In a nine-page document to the newspapers, Vara wrote, “If the affidavits are unsealed, there is a substantial chance that potential witnesses’ testimony may be tainted by the disclosure of information contained within.”
Marriott — of Westborough, Mass. — was living with relatives in Chester and commuted to UNH.
She left a note for family members Oct. 9 saying she was visiting friends after her evening class but would be home by midnight.
Her cell phone was last used in Dover that night.