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Mazzaglia trial witness: 'I heard a scream - a very horrible scream'
Mazzaglia, 31, faces charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and conspiracy and criminal solicitation in the 2012 death of Marriott, a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student.
Mazzaglia’s former girlfriend, Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, who is currently serving 1½ to three years in prison for hindering prosecution, is expected to testify against Mazzaglia as part of a negotiated plea deal.
In Wednesday’s opening statements, defense attorney Joachim Barth told jurors it was McDonough, not Mazzaglia, who killed Marriott during sexual acts of bondage and domination the night of Oct. 9, 2012.
She described it as a woman’s “high-pitched, blood-curdling scream.
“It was loud enough to catch my attention,” Macaione said.
She said she turned down her TV and went to her window afterwards and heard a man’s voice.
Earlier in the morning, Nathan McNeal, of Portsmouth, who once worked with Marriott at Target in Portsmouth, said they would talk – via text during online games – about silly stuff like “plans of world domination and octopuses.”
McNeal said they were “just friends” and that he knew Marriott was involved in a relationship with Brittany Atwood, now of Hudson, Mass.
Later in the morning, Atwood, who is now 26, testified that she met Marriott while they were both working at a Stop & Shop and became “romantically involved” in the spring of 2012. She added they would talk – by a variety of means – “every day and multiple times a day all the time.”
“She was beautiful – inside and out,” Atwood said.
During cross examination, Mazzaglia’s attorney Melissa Davis asked Atwood whether she was worried about Marriott finding someone while in New Hampshire, if she was jealous of McNeal or even McDonough.
Both McNeal and Atwood recalled having conversations with Marriott via phone and text messages Oct. 9, 2012, before losing contact with her around 9 p.m.
He said McDonough didn’t respond to his next text, which said, “Please tell me you are ignorant of all this,” according to phone records introduced into evidence.
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