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Woman testifies in Mazzaglia trial Friday
Former psychic testifies she saw UNH student dead on floor
On Friday, prosecution witness Roberta Gerkin, of Rochester, who previously worked as a psychic and tarot card reader, said she became a friend of Mazzaglia after meeting him in 2011.
Once inside, Gerkin testified, she saw a woman’s body on the floor lying naked and on her back next to the bed. She added she could tell that it was a woman even though the face was covered by plastic grocery bags.
After Mazzaglia ripped open the multiple layers of plastic bags, Gerkin said she didn’t recognize the woman, but she noticed the stark color of her face.
Gerkin testified that she was given no explanation why the bags were on the woman’s face. She testified that Mazzaglia told her that he had blacked out and found the woman in his apartment.
Gerkin said she recalled that McDonough remained in the kitchen sitting on the floor, holding her knees and rocking back and forth.
“As someone who I considered to be a friend, I wanted to give him the opportunity to do the right thing,” Gerkin said.
Houran said he would instruct jurors to ignore two questions and the corresponding answers — both of which would be stricken from the record. He said it is not evidence and should not be considered.
Gerkin testified that she first met Mazzaglia — who introduced himself as “Lex” — during a “Haunted Halloween” event at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester during the fall of 2011.
“The one who was in control most of the time was Dark Heart,” Gerkin said, adding he also used the personas “Cyrus” and “Doomsday.”
If unchecked and “things didn’t go his way,” Gerkin said “people would be dead.”
“The relationship seemed like the damsel in distress and the rescuer,” Gerkin said, adding McDonough was the damsel who wanted to stay in good standing with Mazzaglia — her rescuer.
“There was a lot of anxiety,” Gerkin said, adding she could have perceived it as jealousy, but it was more anxiety.
McDonough, Mazzaglia’s former girlfriend, is serving 1½ to three years in prison for hindering prosecution and 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 that night.
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