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Murder suspect waives arraignment on new charges

The man charged with killing a University of New Hampshire sophomore nearly a year ago has waived arraignment on new charges that he conspired to mislead investigators.

Thirty-year-old Seth Mazzaglia was charged last year with first-degree murder in the disappearance and death of Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott of Westborough, Mass.

Last month, he was indicted on conspiracy to hinder the prosecution and faced arraignment by video yesterday in Strafford Superior Court, but he waived arraignment.

Prosecutors said Mazzaglia discussed framing and killing a witness in letters to his former girlfriend. They also said he sent fraudulent text messages to mask Marriott’s whereabouts.

Prosecutors said Mazzaglia strangled Marriott after or during an attempted sexual assault and dumped her body off Peirce Island in Portsmouth. Her body hasn’t been found.

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