Man who killed former fiancee won’t get new trial

Posted July 20, 2011, at 4:28 p.m.

ALFRED, Maine — A judge in Maine has rejected a New Hampshire man’s request for a new trial in the death of his former fiancee.

Jason Twardus of Rochester, N.H., was convicted of strangling 30-year-old nursing student Kelly Gorham in 2007 and burying her body on his father’s land in Stewartstown, N.H.

Twardus’ lawyer told a judge last month that a pretrial case worker told a detective a man in jail told her the location of the body nearly two weeks before police found it.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes told WMTW-TV that a judge has denied Twardus’ bid for a new trial.

No sentencing date has been set.