Man accused of killing Maine woman has hearing

Posted Sept. 16, 2009, at 10:07 a.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A lawyer for a New Hampshire man accused of killing his former fiancee raised the possibility at a bail hearing in Maine that three acquaintances conspired to kill her, instead.

They denied having anything to do with the death of 30-year-old Kelly Gorham of Alfred, a nursing student who disappeared in August 2007. Her body was found a month later in a shallow grave on property owned by the father of 27-year-old Jason Twardus.

Gorham and Twardus lived together before she broke off their engagement about two months before her death. Twardus was indicted in Maine, where investigators believe she was killed.

Defense lawyer Daniel Lilley said Tuesday the state’s case is weak and Twardus should be entitled to bail. Prosecutor William Stokes disagreed.

The hearing resumes Wednesday.

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