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Mazzaglia cellmate testifies escape plan involved, guns, cars, boat
Ryan Bachman testifies in Strafford Superior Court in Dover Monday about conversations he had with cellmate Seth Mazzaglia in Strafford County jail. (AP Photo, Foster's Daily Democrat, John Huff, POOL)
Defense attorney Joachim Barth cross examines testimony from Roberta Gerkin at Strafford Superior Court in Dover, N.H. During the trial of Seth Mazzaglia who is accused of killing University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth (Lizzy) Marriott in his Dover N.H. apartment on Oct. 9, 2012. (AP Photo, Foster's Daily Democrat, John Huff, POOL)
The admitted former heroin addict with a lengthy criminal record told the court that while he and Mazzaglia, 31, shared a cell for about a week in December 2012, Mazzaglia detailed a “meticulous” plan to use small explosives to blow open doors, shoot his way out of jail and use at least two escape cars to “find a boat” and flee with girlfriend Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, to a country with no extradition to the United States.
Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley projected, on a large screen, a photo of a handwritten letter that Mazzaglia allegedly penned for Bachman to give to McDonough. The letter used several chess-based code names. Bachman said Mazzaglia referred to himself as “Bishop,” to Bachman as “Castle” or “Murphy” — for the colloquial Murphy’s Law, Bachman said — and to McDonough as “Queen.”
Prosecutors also showed evidence of two deposits of about $50 each into Bachman’s commissary account at the jail, one in December 2012 and another in January 2013. Prosecutors said the first deposit was made by an outside party, who Bachman said was McDonough. Prosecutors said the second deposit was made by Heather Mazzaglia, Seth Mazzaglia’s mother. Public defender Melissa Davis hammered Bachman about his criminal record and heroin addiction during cross-examination, challenging his credibility and accusing him of encouraging or even inciting Mazzaglia’s plan to get money for drugs.
Under questioning from Hinckley, Bachman also said that Mazzaglia offered him money to hurt or kill witnesses in the murder case. Bachman said he had forgotten their names, but they were likely a couple.
“I went (along) with no intentions of doing any of it, and I took the money,” Bachman said, adding that he also went along out of concern for his personal safety as a cellmate of Mazzaglia, whom he called “clearly psychopathic.”
Rochester resident Roberta Gerkin, a former psychic and tarot card reader, was on the stand prior to Bachman Monday.
”I’ve had at least one reading from each individual, spirit, persona, however you want to call them,” Gerkin said.
The trial continues Tuesday at 9 a.m.
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