UNH student’s family suggests NH statute reform
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office is willing to look at whether a proposed “Lizzi’s Law” in the death of a University of New Hampshire student last fall would clear up possible deficiencies in the state’s criminal statutes.
Kathryn “Kat” McDonough pleaded guilty Thursday to hindering prosecution, conspiracy and tampering with a witness in the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott. McDonough’s boyfriend, Seth Mazzaglia, is charged with killing her.
None of the charges against McDonough referenced the underlying crime of murder. Members of Marriott’s family suggested an accessory to murder charge; New Hampshire has no such statute.
Prosecutor Jane Young tells the Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/13ku5IW) her office will review the Marriotts’ request. She said charges such as falsifying physical evidence and hindering prosecution have been sufficient for past cases.
Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com