First-degree murder charge added in Bedford motel slayings

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Theodore Luckey (Bedford Police photo)

CONCORD - The New Jersey man accused of killing two men inside a Bedford motel on Saturday had a first-degree murder charge tacked on to his complaint, the state Attorney Generals Office announced on Thursday.

An autopsy revealed that Nathan Cashman, 28, of Manchester, who was found dead in the lobby, died of machete wounds to the head, neck and body; while David Hanford, 60, of Seaside Height, N.J., whose body was in one of the hotel rooms, died of ligature strangulation, which means a cord or rope was used.

The bodies were found at the Country Inn and Suites in Bedford after police responded around 7 p.m.

Theodore Luckey, 42, of Ashbury Park, N.J., was initially charged with two counts of second degree murder and three counts of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon. The new charge alleges he purposely caused the death of Cashman by inflicting multiple chop wounds to his body with a machete-type knife.

Luckey continues to be held at the Hillsborough County House of Corrections.

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