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AG: Failed suicide attempt led to expectant couple's deaths

LEBANON—A failed suicide attempt by a Sunapee man claimed the lives of a young couple and their unborn child in a crash on Interstate 89 on Saturday, according to the Attorney General's Office.

Robert Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, was arraigned in Lebanon District Court Wednesday afternoon on two counts of manslaughter and has been ordered held on $200,000 cash-only bail.

According to Senior Assistant District Attorney Susan Morrell, Dellinger left his Sunapee home Saturday afternoon after an argument with his wife over his depression medication and a bedtime curfew imposed by his doctor, and headed south on Interstate 89 in his 2005 Chevy pickup.

In an attempt to commit suicide, Morrell said, Dellinger then crossed into the median, went airborne into the northbound side of 89 and sheered the roof off the car driven by Amanda Murphy and hit a sign post before coming to rest on the side of the road.

Murphy, 24, who was eight months' pregnant, and her fiance, Jason Timmons, 29, were killed. Dellinger suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

After his release, Dellinger was arrested and charged with two counts of homicide. Via video from Grafton County Jail Wednesday, Dellinger waived arraignment. Morrell argued that Dellinger, whom she said has considerable financial resources, should be held on $250,000 cash bail. Dellinger's attorney, Peter Decato, argued to lower the bail to $100,000 cash only, but said that his client had already given him $250,000 to cover bail.

Judge Albert Cirone ordered bail set at $200,000, with conditions that Dellinger wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and undergo a psychiatric evaluation.


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