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Sixteen-Year-Old Waves Extradition In Dartmouth Killings

Aired February 23, 2001 - 1:05 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Sixteen-year-old James Parker has agreed to return to New Hampshire to face charges that he killed two Dartmouth College professors. Parker waved extradition today during a court appearance in Indiana, where he and 17-year-old Robert Tulloch were arrested Monday. Parker may be tried as a juvenile.

Tulloch, who waved extradition earlier this week, was arraigned in New Hampshire Wednesday. He's being held without bail.

The two teenagers are charged with the January murders of two married college professors. Although the deaths occurred in New Hampshire, the suspects are from Vermont, where there was a town meeting last night.

Sean McDonald (ph) of CNN affiliate WMUR tells us about that.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

SEAN MCDONALD (ph), WMUR REPORTER (voice-over): Chelsea residents said little as that entered the United Church. At the entrance, local law enforcement watched carefully to keep the media out. Inside the packed church, the emotions were high.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Every emotion known to human kind -- I mean the human being can laugh and can cry and do them both at the same time. And I say we saw them all here.

MCDONALD (ph): Residence talked about the needs of this community of 1,200, but gave few details on exactly what was said inside.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Really trying to do what they can to heal, just as what we said. And further than that, I'm not comfortable for speaking about this community.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What we had to talk about in there was how our community needs to heal at this point.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't know if they're innocent or guilty, but all of our thoughts go out to them.

MCDONALD (ph): While the question of guilt or innocence did not seem to be the focus for many Chelsea residence, questions still linger. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Some people can't believe in that these two boys did this. And other people, they really don't know, it's -- it's just shook the town up.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: These are kids that we all are part of their lives, you know. We know every -- everybody knows everybody. And this is where they've grown up. And I feel we need to all look at that.

MCDONALD (ph): For now, the support for Tulloch and Parker remain strong.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We're all very clear that these kids have been accused of something. None of us understand what it is they're accused. We don't understand acts like that. We know it happens. But we know they've been accused. And they are children. And we wait.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WATERS: And ABC News reports that investigators have found neo- Nazi literature in the 17-year-old, Tulloch's, bedroom. The victims of the killing, Half and Susanne Zantop, were German born. And they were said to be strong opponents of Holocaust revisionism.

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