DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Prosecutors say the man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in 2012 told his mother in a recorded prison phone call that he wants to skip his sentencing hearing because he doesn't want to hear the victim's family "yell and whine" about what a monster he is.

Lawyers for 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia (muh-ZAY'-lee-uh) are arguing that he has the right to not be present for Thursday's sentencing. The state objects to the request.

Mazzaglia was convicted June 27 of first-degree murder and other felonies for killing Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts. Prosecutors say he strangled then raped the 19-year-old Marriott in his Dover apartment after she rebuffed his sexual advances.

The judge says he is not prepared to rule Tuesday.