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Lawyers Seek More Tests for Teen

December 19, 2001

HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) _ Lawyers for a teen-ager charged in the slayings of two Dartmouth College professors want more tests of his mental health and want to exclude some scientific evidence from his trial, according to a court document released Wednesday.

Robert Tulloch, 18, has said he will use an insanity defense at his trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the stabbing deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop. His trial is scheduled to start April 8.

James Parker, 17, has pleaded guilty to accomplice to second-degree murder in the death of Susanne Zantop and will be sentenced to 25 years to life after he testifies against Tulloch.

The document filed by Judge Peter Smith was a brief account of a closed meeting held Monday among himself, Tulloch’s lawyers and prosecutors.

Defense attorneys told Smith they planned to file motions by Dec. 27 requesting the additional tests and calling for the exclusion of unspecified evidence. Smith did not give details.

Prosecutors have offered no motive for the crime, and DNA evidence linking both suspects to the scene appears to be crucial to the state’s case.

Tulloch and Parker, both of Chelsea, Vt., are accused of killing the professors in their home on Jan. 27. They were arrested Feb. 19 at an Indiana truck stop; police said fingerprints and bootprints linked them to the crime.

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