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Vt. man competent for trial in stabbing death
Rodney Hill, appearing Thursday in Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, was ruled competent to stand trial in the January killing of Catherine “Kitty” Houghton at a Littleton hotel. Hill, of West Danville, Vt., is charged with alternative counts of first- and second-degree murder in what prosecutors say was an unprovoked attack on a 70-year-old woman he didn’t know. (BOB HOOKWAY)
Hill, 37 at the time of the killing, was led into court Thursday shackled. He conferred with his attorney, Martha Hornick of the New Hampshire Public Defender’s Office in Littleton.
Morrell and Hornick met with Judge Peter H. Bornstein in chambers for about 20 minutes Thursday. When they emerged and the hearing started, Hornick said she would not contest the state’s opinion that Hill, a married father of three children, was competent to stand trial. The hearing took less than five minutes.
Hornick said in a brief interview that, barring a plea agreement, the trial should start in February.
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