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McDonough testifies she lied to protect ex-boyfriend Mazzaglia
DOVER — Kathryn “Kat” McDonough’s 10th day on the stand turned out to be her last Monday, as public defenders for accused murderer Seth Mazzaglia, her ex-boyfriend, focused their final questions to the state’s key witness on statements she made just days after the October 2012 death of UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott.
“I didn’t want anyone to know the truth,” McDonough said. “I didn’t want it to get out at all.”
Instead, Barth maintained that McDonough initially gave them an honest account of her role in Marriott’s death.
“I trusted you guys with a story that was made up off the top of my head,” McDonough replied.
Hampton attorney Andrew Cotrupi, McDonough’s lawyer, said McDonough responded well to the line of questioning.
Monday’s proceedings began the fourth week of Mazzaglia’s trial, in which opening statements were given May 28. McDonough had been on the stand nearly continuously since June 3.
Hampton runs Ending the Violence, a Dover center that offers educational programs for offenders, and said he has worked with 4,000 to 5,000 families over 25 years in abuse counseling in Pennsylvania, New York and New Hampshire.
“The difference between being a survivor and being a statistic can be life and death,” he said. “If you want to know which version is the truth, a good question to start with is, when did the person feel safe?”
When Ward asked if it was possible for someone “to see their abuser murder someone else and still be in love with that person,” Hampton cited an example of a parent witnessing one of their children — a 12-year-old, perhaps — severely injure a sibling.
Barth briefly cross-examined Hampton, probing ambiguities or generalizations in the factors and situations he described.
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