NH Murder Suspect To Invoke Insanity Defense

Oct 8, 2013

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 a 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.