NH man convicted in nursing-student murder in Maine

The Associated Press
Posted Sept. 30, 2010, at 3:08 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A Maine jury has found a New Hampshire man guilty of murdering his ex-fiancee in Alfred.

Jurors reached a verdict Friday morning after deliberating for several hours in York County Superior Court Thursday in the trial of Jason Twardus of Rochester, N.H.

Twardus has been convicted of strangling 30-year-old Kelly Gorham of Alfred in August 2007 and burying her body on property belonging to Twardus’ father in northern New Hampshire.

WMTW-TV reported that Twardus testified this week that there were no hard feelings after his breakup with Gorham.

Defense lawyer Daniel Lilley said prosecutors couldn’t even prove that the killing happened in Maine rather than New Hampshire, where the body was found. He contends Gorham’s landlord, John Durfee, described as a PCP addict, and one of his employees, Calvin DeGreenia, were responsible for the killings.

Jurors who heard testimony from more than 50 witnesses deliberated for several hours before going home, the Portland Press Herald said. The jury will resume deliberations on Friday.

Lilley said prosecutors should’ve focused on the two men — Durfee and DeGreenia — who he said had dinner with the victim on the night before she disappeared.

“Look real hard at the last people who saw somebody alive. There is no question in this case, the last people to see her alive were Calvin DeGreenia and John Durfee,” he said.

Stokes said it was “preposterous” to think DeGreenia and Durfee committed the perfect crime by killing Gorham and framing Twardus. “You met them all. Do you really believe they are masterminds, and John Durfee is the mastermind in chief? It is ridiculous,” he said.

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