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Sunapee man now faces two 2nd-degree murder charges

LEBANON — The Sunapee man accused of killing a Vermont couple and their unborn baby in a suicide-attempt car crash is to be arraigned on new charges Friday.

Robert Dellinger, 53, of 28 Birchpoint Lane, Sunapee, is set to be arraigned on two counts of second-degree murder in the 2nd Circuit Court in Lebanon at 9 a.m., Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, New Hampshire State Police Col. Robert C. Quinn and Lebanon Police Chief Gary J. Smith announced Tuesday.

He was originally to be arraigned on the new charges Christmas Eve.

Dellinger was arraigned in Lebanon District Court Dec. 11 on two counts of manslaughter after the Dec. 7 crash.

According to Senior Assistant District Attorney Susan Morrell, Dellinger left his Sunapee home 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 crossed into the median, went airborne into the northbound side of 89 and sheared the roof off the car driven by Amanda Murphy.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.

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