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Robert Tucker and James Parker Charged With Murder of Dartmouth Professors

Aired February 17, 2001 - 4:04 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DONNA KELLY CNN ANCHOR: Right now we want to take you live to New Hampshire. We are getting some more information on killings of two professors at Dartmouth. This is Assistant Attorney General Kelly Iott (ph).

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KELLY IOTT, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL: In the deaths of Half and Suzanne Zantop: The complaints charge Robert Tulloch and James Parker with acting in concert with each other to cause the death's of Half and Suzanne Zantop by stabbing them multiple times in the head and chest.

The maximum penalty under New Hampshire law for each of these crimes and for each count of first degree murder is life without parole. These charges result from the extraordinary efforts made by the law enforcement agencies involved. I cannot say enough about the tireless efforts of the police officers who have worked on this case. nor can I say enough about their level of professionalism in dealing with this case, and I would like to specifically acknowledge some of the law enforcement agencies involved.

The New Hampshire State Police, the lead investigative agency in this case; the Hanover Police Department, whose community these tragic crimes occurred in; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the United States Attorney's Offices for both New Hampshire and Vermont; the Vermont State Police; the Vermont Attorney General; and Massachusetts State Police, to name a few.

This has just been a tremendous effort, and it's a team effort in terms of the numbers of law enforcement agencies that have been involved in this case. At this point I would like to turn this over to the colonel of the New Hampshire State Police, Gary Sloper.

GARY SLOPER, NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE: Thank you. Good afternoon.

On January 27, 2001, Half and Suzanne Zantop were brutally murdered at their residence in Hanover, New Hampshire by intruders to this community. There is nothing we can do to change that. But what we can do and what we have done is to identify those people responsible for that brutal act. Now we are charged with the responsibility of continuing the investigation and ultimately aiding and bringing them before the appropriate court. We will accomplish that when the two fugitives that have fled the area are caught, apprehended and brought back to New Hampshire, if in fact they have left New Hampshire.

We are at this point in the investigation due to the thorough cooperative efforts of the Hanover Homicide Task Force. This has been mentioned and will be mentioned again by other representatives from other agencies about the hard, diligent work that all of the investigators comprising this task force have completed.

Without those efforts we would not know the identity of these intruders. At this point, I'd like to talk a little bit about the identities of the people that we are looking for, and the suspects that have been charged in these murders.

Robert Tulloch, date of birth of May 8, 1983. He's described as six foot one, 155 pounds and blue eyes. He has short hair, he's clean cut. The second suspect, James Parker, date of birth of May 24, '84, six foot tall, 150 pounds, brown eyes. Again, clean cut, short hair.

They were last known to be operating a 1987 Audi four-door, color silver, bearing Vermont registration plate number: C as in Charles, D as in David, six, nine, zero, CDG-690.

In anticipation of questions that I would suspect that would be asked in regards to these individuals, we have no specific information to believe that they're currently armed, but by the very nature of the offenses in which they are charged, we have every right to believe, in fact, they may be armed and dangerous. And we would encourage anyone that comes in contact with them to notify the appropriate numbers that will be given to you momentarily, and certainly not to approach these individuals on their own.

KELLEY: Gary Sloper, who is with the New Hampshire State Police, with a little more information for us this afternoon about the two professors at Dartmouth College murdered January 27; they were stabbed. Now there's an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old, and that is Tulloch -- let me find his first name here in my notes -- that is Robert Tulloch of Chelsea, Vermont; and then, traveling with James Parker -- and then we saw some pictures of them earlier and their description and what they're driving: a 1987 Audi, which is silver with Vermont plates. He said be careful, they may be armed and dangerous. They are wanted in connection with killings of two professors at Dartmouth: Half and Suzanne Zantop.

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