N.H. defendant takes stand in Maine murder trial

Posted Sept. 28, 2010, at 3:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A New Hampshire man charged with murder in the death of his ex-fiance in Maine says there were no hard feelings when they broke up and that he never hurt her.

Jason Twardus testified in his own defense Tuesday in York County Superior Court, where he’s on trial in connection with the strangulation death of nursing student Kelly Gorham of Alfred, Maine. Gorham went missing in August 2007, and her body was found buried on property belonging to Twardus’ father in northern New Hampshire.

Twardus repeated what he told investigators, that he couldn’t imagine why anyone would hurt Gorham.

He said there was no hard feelings when they broke up, forcing him to return to New Hampshire to live with his father. He said she needed to focus on her studies.

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