Lawyer: Killer deserves new trial based on evidence not pursued

Posted June 23, 2011, at 10:19 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — The attorney for a New Hampshire man convicted in Maine of killing his former fiancee says his client deserves a new trial because police didn’t pursue evidence that might have cast doubt on his guilt.

The Journal Tribune reported that Dan Lilley told a Maine judge Wednesday that a pretrial case worker told a detective that a man who was in jail told her where the body of 30-year-old Kelly Gorham was located nearly two weeks before police found it in that spot.

Because police didn’t pursue the information, Lilley said, Jason Twardus, of Rochester, deserves a new trial.

Twardus was convicted of strangling Gorham, a nursing student from Alfred, in August 2007 and burying her body on his father’s property in Stewartstown, N.H.