Man convicted of strangling fiancee wants new trial

Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 6:37 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 04, 2012, at 10:40 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A New Hampshire man convicted of strangling his fiancee in her Maine home has asked a judge to grant him a new trial based on “newly discovered evidence.”

An attorney for Jason Twardus filed a motion Tuesday in York County Superior Court saying the state failed to provide his client with evidence in a timely fashion that another man may have killed Kelly Gorham in 2007.

Twardus, of Rochester, N.H., was sentenced to 38 years in prison in August for killing the 30-year-old nursing student in her Alfred home. Her body was found a month later.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Twardus’ lawyer says the new evidence is based on a jailhouse statement by another man.

Prosecutors say there was no effort to withhold any evidence.