WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The trial in the death of Lizzi Marriott of Westborough is set to begin Feb. 14 with Seth Mazzaglia's testimony before a grand jury, but it has been reported by SeaCoast Online that the New Hampshire attorney general's office has asked for an extension.
Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley filed the motion in Stafford Superior Court on Jan. 28, saying that more time was needed and requesting the date be pushed to April 18.
The prosecution "still needs more time to investigate the case and continue to interview potential witnesses," SeaCoast Online quoted the motion as saying.
This would be the second extension, required due to New Hampshire law. The code dictates that all charges must be dropped if an indictment is not secured within 90 days of a probable cause hearing, which Mazzaglia declined Oct. 29.
Mazzaglia was being held without bail on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Marriott, 19, whom he allegedly strangled in his apartment in October. Marriott, a graduate of Westborough High School, lived in Chester, N.H., with an aunt and commuted to the University of New Hampshire, where she was a sophomore. She worked with McDonough at Target.
Marriott's body was never found despite extensive search efforts in the area Peirce Island near Portsmouth, N.H.
Mazzaglia's ex-girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, who also worked with Marriott, was charged with helping to cover up Marriott's death by providing a false alibi, police said.
McDonough was released on $35,000 bond and is also awaiting grand jury testimony.