Judge grants second extension in Marriott murder case

Prosecution has until April to indict Mazzaglia

By Corinne Holroyd
On February 11, 2013

  • Seth Mazzaglia

The Strafford County Superior Court has granted a request made by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office to extend the indictment period for Seth Mazzaglia, 30, accused of murdering UNH commuter student Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott, until April 18.

The request, made by Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley, said "the state still requires time to complete certain investigative steps and continue to interview potential witnesses so that it may present the grand jury with the most complete picture possible in support of the indictments ultimately to be presented."

New Hampshire's current indictment policy, implemented in May 2004, is that the state must prosecute within 90 days of arrest or file a motion asking for an extension, along with reasons for the extension.

This is the second extension granted to the prosecution for this case - the first was made in early January, giving the prosecution an extension into February. Hinckley mailed the most recent request on Jan. 28, which asks for an extension until April.

Mazzaglia's defense had until Friday, Feb. 1 to make a written response to the request. The defense wrote an objection, but the court still decided to grant the extension.

Since the last extension, investigators have conducted additional interviews. On Dec. 24, 2012, officials made an additional arrest - that of Kathryn McDonough, 19, for conspiring with the defendant "to hinder the investigation."

The state has also begun to provide the defense with more than "1,200 pages of police reports, laboratory reports, witness interview transcripts and other documents, as well as a dozen disks containing audio recordings and digital data."

The Attorney General's office is also waiting for lab results to return as a part of its case.

"The state needs to consider all facts of the case fully to assess what particular homicide charges and additional charges to be brought before the grand jury for its consideration," Hinckley wrote.

Marriott, 19, was last heard from around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 when she texted a friend saying she was going to visit friends in Dover. Officials have yet to recover her body.

Mazzaglia is currently being held without bail at the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover and has been charged with second-degree murder.

According to multiple news outlets, McDonough was Mazzaglia's girlfriend at the time of Marriot's murder. She was released on $35,000 bail in January. She is required to live with her parents in Portsmouth under a curfew and cannot have any contact with Mazzaglia.

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