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Jason Twardus appeal goes to Maine Supreme Court

3:17 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Jason Twardus' lawyer is once again trying to get his client a new trial, this time going before the state's highest court.

In 2010 a jury convicted Twardus of murder for the strangulation death of his former girlfriend Kelly Gorham. Her body was discovered in a shallow grave in Northern New Hamphsire on land owned by Jason Twardus' father.

The state says the key piece of evidence was videotape of Twardus in a convenience store not far from where the body was located the day of Gorham's disappearance.

"12 people unanimously looked at that evidence and found that Jason Twardus was in fact in Colebrook the day of her disappearance. Literally 7-miles from his father's property and where she was buried. And inside the grave of course a lot of evidence implicating him including his fIngerprints inside the grave", said Bill Stokes, head of the Attorney General's Criminal Division.

Twardus' lawyer argued the state didn't pursue credible evidence against Gorham's landlord John Durfee.

"How could he know that one, she was dead rather than just missing since it was the middle of the search and nobody knows. Two, that she was buried rather than thrown in the ocean or some other way and three it was in Northern New Hampshire. It seems to me that's all we need", said Twardus' Attorney Dan Lilley.

John Durfee has since passed away. In 2011 he told NEWS CENTER he had nothing to do with Gorham's death.

It could be several weeks or a few months before the justices announce their decision.

NEWS CENTER

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