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One of the two teen-agers charged with killing two Dartmouth College professors has agreed to plead guilty as an accomplice in one of the deaths, Concord, N.H., prosecutors said Monday. James Parker, 17, will admit he was an accomplice to second-degree murder in the death of Susanne Zantop, the attorney general’s office said. In exchange, a first-degree murder charge will be dropped. The agreement still must be approved by a judge, and a hearing was scheduled for Friday. Defense attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment. Parker and Robert Tulloch, 18, were both charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 27 stabbing deaths of Zantop and her husband, Half, in their Hanover home. Half Zantop, 62, taught earth sciences at Dartmouth and Susanne Zantop, 55, was the chairwoman of the German studies department. Authorities have not offered a motive for the crime or any connection between the Zantops and the suspects, who live about 25 miles away in Chelsea, Vt. The teens disappeared from their hometown in February, sparking a manhunt that ended with their capture at an Indiana truck stop. Prosecutors say fingerprints and footprints in the home link the teens to the murders. Court documents say two military-style knives stained with the victims’ blood were found in Tulloch’s bedroom. Last week, the attorney for Tulloch said he will use an insanity defense when his trial begins April 8. Parker was 16 at the time of the slayings and authorities have tried to have him tried as an adult. A guilty plea would place his case in adult court. Copyright 2001 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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