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Marriott Family and NHCADSV Statements on New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Decision to Deny New Trial for Seth Mazzaglia

Contact: Amanda Grady Sexton: (603) 548-9377

Family of Lizzi Marriott and victim advocates express relief in the NH Supreme Court’s decision to affirm trial court’s decision and have murderer’s conviction stand 

December 13, 2016

Today New Hampshire’s Supreme Court decided that Seth Mazzaglia’s conviction for the 2012 murder of 19-year-old Lizzi Marriott will be upheld. His defense had argued for a new trial, based on a far-fetched attempt to implicate Lizzi in her own death.

In response to the Court’s decision today, Bob Marriott, Lizzi’s father stated, “We are relieved that the Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Seth Mazzaglia. We remain devastated over the loss of our daughter Lizzi and wish that we could see where she would be today had she not been murdered.  For over four years we have had to travel down a path we did not choose and did not want to be on.  We know that we will be reminded of Lizzi's loss every day for the rest of our lives, but we hope that we will be able to begin to move on now that this chapter in our lives has come to a close. We would like to thank everyone who has stood behind us and supported us through this ordeal."

Amanda Grady Sexton, Public Policy Director of the Coalition stated, “Today the dignity and privacy of Lizzi Marriott has been protected, and justice has been served. Rape victims can now come forward with the peace of mind that the court will focus its attention on the crimes of rapist, not on irrelevant information about them.”

Mazzaglia was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for Lizzi’s murder in 2014. In June of 2016, in a decision that shocked victim advocates, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ordered that documents about her past sexual history which had been deemed irrelevant and sealed by the original trial court be unsealed for the appeal. In efforts to protect Lizzi’s right to privacy and New Hampshire’s Rape Shield Law protections, Lizzi’s family and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence fought the Supreme Court’s order to make the information public. The Court later reversed their decision to unseal the private information about Lizzi’s past sexual history and upheld New Hampshire’s Rape Shield Law. The Coalition is pleased that the Court has continued to uphold victim’s rights through the entire criminal justice process, including during appeals.

The Coalition would like to thank the Marriott family for their incredible strength, and our hearts are with them as they continue to try to heal.  During the long legal battle to seek justice, they have helped to protect not just the privacy rights of Lizzi, but the rights of countless future victims.

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NHCADSV is a statewide network of 13 independent member programs committed to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking, through direct services to victims, community education, and public policy advocacy. The NHCADSV and its 13 member programs do not discriminate based on gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive), physical, mental, or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socio-economic status, race, national origin, immigration status, or religious or political affiliation. For more information visit www.nhcadsv.org

               

 

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