Vt. man found competent for NH hotel stabbing trial
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. - A Vermont man charged with killing a private school trustee at a New Hampshire hotel has been found competent to stand trial.
WMUR-TV reported that a Grafton County judge's ruling Thursday on Rodney Hill was based on a report from a state doctor who examined Hill. Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on the findings.
The West Danville man was indicted in June in the stabbing death of 70-year-old Catherine Houghton of California in the lobby of the Hampton Inn in Littleton in January.
Houghton, a 1960 graduate of the White Mountain School in Bethlehem, was in town for meetings of the school's board of trustees and had checked into the hotel.
Prosecutors say that Houghton and Hill didn't know one another and the attack appears to have been random.