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Mazzaglia ex-girlfriend insists, 'It's just me trying to tell the truth'
Prosecution witness Kathryn “Kat” McDonough, former live-in girlfriend of accused murderer Seth Mazzaglia (foreground), is shown in a video played in court during Mazzaglia's trial Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
“You went over to the window to hide what you had just done,” said Barth, who has accused McDonough, 20, of killing Marriott through suffocation during a night of rough sex.
“There were so many weapons in there,” McDonough said, referring to the swords, ropes, machetes and martial arts staffs in the Dover apartment she shared with her former boyfriend. “(Mazzaglia) was a sensei; he obviously knew how to fight.”
According to testimony, Marriott died after a game of strip poker.
For more than an hour Wednesday afternoon, Mazzaglia’s defense played a video of a visit McDonough made to Barth’s law office on Oct. 17, 2012, after Mazzaglia was arrested Oct. 13. McDonough has said she visited the office while she and Mazzaglia were seeking legal consultation.
Barth attempted to clarify with McDonough that, according to her statements, she was lying in the video and lied to other investigators following Marriott’s death, but was telling the truth Wednesday and throughout the trial.
“It’s just me trying to tell the truth as best I can,” McDonough said.
Barth said that according to McDonough, the game of strip poker lasted about 30 minutes, McDonough, Marriott and Mazzaglia then watched a movie for about 15 minutes, and Mazzaglia strangled and abused Marriott for 10 to 15 minutes.
“You are missing approximately an hour in the evening of Oct. 9 at your apartment,” Barth said to McDonough.
McDonough is serving a 1½- to three-year prison term after pleading guilty last July to charges including witness tampering and hindering the investigation, as part of a plea agreement. She has testified that she helped cover up the murder and rape of Marriott, whose body has never been found.
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