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NH murder suspect to invoke insanity defense

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Rodney Hill Rodney Hill
Catherine "Kitty" Houghton Catherine "Kitty" Houghton

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A Vermont man charged with killing a private school trustee at a New Hampshire hotel has signaled his intent to invoke a defense of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Lawyers for 37-year-old Rodney Hill of Danville, Vt. have requested a hearing on their notice of his intent to enter the insanity plea, court documents show.

Hill was indicted in June for second-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of 70-year-old Catherine Houghton of California in the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Littleton.

Houghton was in New Hampshire for a board of trustees meeting at the White Mountain School, from which she graduated in 1960.

The Caledonian Record reports that a competency hearing for Hill is scheduled for Nov. 14.

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