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Dover resident Seth Mazzaglia listens to the answers of a potential juror as the panel of area residents is assembled in Strafford County Superior Court Monday. (John Quinn Photo)

11 jurors chosen so far in Mazzaglia trial on Marriott murder charge

DOVER — Questions about bondage were among those asked of potential jurors in the case against Seth Mazzaglia in the 2012 murder of University of New Hampshire sophomore Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott.

Assistant Attorney Geoffrey Ward said 11 jurors have been selected so far.

“I cannot make any predictions in terms of how long selection will take,” Ward said in an e-mail. “We will go until we have a full panel and alternates.”

For the trial to start on its scheduled date of May 27, there must be a dozen jurors and four alternates. The fifth day of jury selection is set to resume today at 9 a.m.

Mazzaglia, 31, is facing multiple counts of first-degree murder — based on alternate legal approaches to the matter — as well as a second-degree murder charge, conspiracy and criminal solicitation. He is charged with strangling and/or suffocating Marriott, 19, in his Dover apartment on the night of Oct. 9, 2012, before, during or after committing aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Marriott’s body has never been recovered.

Judge Steven Houran explained to potential jurors Monday that both the prosecution and the defense can ask any question during the selection process.

Ward and Mazzaglia’s attorneys — Joachim Barth and Melissa Davis of the New Hampshire Public Defenders Office — inquired about whether the judgment of potential jurors could or would be influenced by the media coverage, “polyamorous” or open relationships, role-playing during sex or acts involving bondage, domination and sadomasochism.

Mazzaglia’s girlfriend, Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, is serving a 1½- to three-year sentence on charges of hindering prosecution as part of a negotiated plea deal she reached with the state in July. McDonough is expected to testify against Mazzaglia as part of the deal.

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