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Man Charged In I-89 Deaths Out on Bail

Defendant Ordered to Pay Full $250K Before Release

Sunapee — Robert J. Dellinger, the man authorities have charged with killing a couple expecting a child last weekend when his car crashed into theirs during a suicide attempt, has been released on cash bail, officials said.

Dellinger made the $250,000 cash-only bail, which meant it had to be paid in full, on Thursday evening, according to officials at the Grafton County House of Corrections.

Dellinger has been charged with two counts of manslaughter in the Dec. 7 deaths of Amanda Murphy, 24, and Jason Timmons, 29, who were engaged and expecting their first child next month.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said during an arraignment on Wednesday that Dellinger, 53, of Sunapee, accelerated his southbound pickup truck as it entered the grassy median on Interstate 89 in Lebanon Saturday afternoon.

Morrell said the vehicle became airborne before shearing off the top of the northbound car containing Murphy and Timmons, who died on the scene.

Dellinger suffered minor injuries.

Nobody answered the door at Dellinger’s lakefront Sunapee home on Friday, one of four properties he and his wife own in town, according to assessing records. The dead-end street, which ends at the lake, was quiet, with only a few orange cones to the side of the driveway standing out against white snow. Fabric had been tacked up in the windows of the front doors.

Attorney Peter Decato, who represented Dellinger Wednesday, did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Dellinger, a former corporate executive, most recently served as chief financial officer of PPG Industries of Pittsburgh. Officials there did not respond to requests for comment this week.

At the Sunapee Pizza Chef, co-owner Chris Kontoes, who runs the restaurant with her husband, said she was “shocked” to see Dellinger’s photo in the news this week, with visibible marks and bruises from the car crash.

Although she does not know Dellinger and his wife personally, Kontoes said the couple has frequented the restaurant over the past few years, and were always “very nice ... very polite people.

“I was just heartbroken because they were a very nice family,” Kontoes said, who added the Dellingers struck her as a “typical American family.”

She said Dellinger’s wife was always “especially” polite, and there was never anything about Dellinger’s behavior that struck her as odd or concerning.

“Never ever,” she said. “That’s why I had to look twice (at the head shot photos). I said, ‘it can’t be this man.’”

Valley News staff writer Sarah Brubeck contributed to this report. Maggie Cassidy can be reached at mcassidy@vnews.com.

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Letter: Dellinger’s Release Is Shocking

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

To the Editor: The news of Robert Dellinger being released on bail is shocking. Dellinger has been charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of a pregnant woman and her fiance by driving his truck into their oncoming vehicle. If he had been accused of randomly walking into a cafe with a shotgun and killing two people, he would …