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Dartmouth Killings: Extradition Hearing Set to Get Under Way

Aired February 20, 2001 - 11:13 a.m. ET

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

LEON HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: We're going to take you now to New Castle, Indiana. As promised, we have here the press conference by the Henry County Sheriff's Department.

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SHERIFF KIM CRONK, HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.: Today's proceedings are being conducted pursuant to a complaint under the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act filed by prosecutor Kit C. Dean Crane from Henry County. And the complaint has been filed in Henry Superior 1 with Judge Michael D. Peyton.

At the hearings today, you might expect to see the respondent or accused people being informed of the reason he is being held, receipt of evidence to establish that the respondent accused of a crime in another state, that the respondent appearing before the court is the same person as the accused in the other state, and information as to his rights under the extradition act.

It is possible for the respondent to waive his rights and agree to voluntary return to the state requesting his return. In this instance, the court would want to determine that such a waver was freely and voluntarily given. Extradition of a waver form by both the respondent and the court will be part of this such process. In the event that the respondent does not waive extradition, the court would be responsible for setting bail and ordering him held without bail depending upon the circumstances set forth in the hearing.

In this instance, time is granted for the process of the governor of the requesting state to send the proper paperwork to the governor of this state. At this time the court would conduct the further hearings as necessary. This is an order issued by Judge Michael Peyton of Superior 1.

We will proceeding to the courthouse at this time. The first initial hearing on Robert Tulloch will be at 11:30. And we will be asking that the reporters accompany the deputies. We will all meet at the west end of the courthouse. And we will have deputies that will escort you into the courtroom. Please be seated. And, as far as camera crews, the closest you can get into the courthouse is the first floor. You cannot go into the courtroom.

The best place to photograph will be outside the courthouse. The defendant, after everybody is seated and everybody is in place, will be walked by deputies to the courthouse, down the street to the courthouse.

So any questions?

QUESTION: Sure. How long a process might this be? And will they have both of the defendants before the bar at the same time?

CRONK: No. The Robert Tulloch will be the first one. And the other one we don't have a time. So we will proceed at this time, unless there's any other questions, to the courthouse. And hopefully this won't last any longer than 30-45 minutes.

QUESTION: Is there a reason why Tulloch is going only and not the other guy?

CRONK: At this time, the other gentleman's attorneys are not here. And they are waiting on the representation to get here from Connecticut. -- not Connecticut, New Hampshire.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) extradition?

CRONK: That will be determined in the hearing. The first one you'll hear at 11:30. So...

QUESTION: Which door do you walk them out of?

CRONK: We'll be walking out the west door of the courthouse and be going in the west door of the courthouse.

QUESTION: Which door walk are you walking out of here?

CRONK: We'll be walking of this door over here.

QUESTION: Sheriff, there were reports that the two were...

HARRIS: We've been listening to Sheriff Kim Cronk of Henry County, Indiana. The town of New Castle, Indiana is in that county.

And, as you may, if you've been following this story of the two teens who have been on the lam from the Dartmouth killings, they've been suspected of killing two Dartmouth College professors. They were arrested in Henry County early yesterday morning. The word now from the sheriff here is that hearing for the arraignment should be getting under way at 11:30. What's not clear if it's 11:30 Eastern or Central. Parts of Indiana are a different time, I believe, at this time of the year.

We are following that story. But you may have heard the sheriff say that cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom. So that will explain why we will not have pictures. Be we do have reporters there. And we'll check with our affiliates as well. So we will have any news that comes from that hearing once we get it.

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