MANCHESTER, N.H. — A man from Chelsea, Vt., who as a teenager was convicted in the stabbing deaths of a pair of Dartmouth College professors in 2001, is to have a new sentencing hearing.
A New Hampshire judge has ordered new hearings for Robert Tulloch and three other men who were convicted of murder in separate incidents while they were teenagers.
Television station WMUR reported that Judge Larry Smukler said the men should get new sentencing hearings due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional.
Tulloch and James Parker, also from Chelsea, pleaded guilty to stabbing Half and Susanne Zantop to death on Jan. 27, 2001, after gaining entry to the couple’s Etna village home by posing as students conducting a survey. Susanne Zantop made lunch while the pair talked with Half Zantop. When Half Zantop turned to retrieve a phone number, Tulloch stabbed him with a military knife they had purchased online. When Susanne Zantop came to her husband’s assistance, Parker told prosecutors, he slit her throat at Tulloch’s orders.
Parker, who was 16 at the time of the killings and agreed to testify against Tulloch, received 25 years to life in prison. Tulloch was 17 when the couple was killed.
The other men are Robert Dingman, who was 17 when he and his brother killed their parents.
Eduardo Lopez was convicted of killing a man during a robbery attempt in 1993.
And Michael Soto was convicted as an accomplice to first-degree murder in 2007.
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