NJ man pleads not guilty to double murder after early release

An Asbury Park man accused of killing two people in New Hampshire while on early release has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Theodore Luckey, 42, has been charged with killing Nathan Cashman, 28, who officials say was found dead in the lobby of the Country Inn and Suites in Bedford, New Hampshire on August 21 with multiple “cuts of the head, neck and body.”

He is also charged with the death of David Hanford, 60, of Seaside Heights, who was found strangled in a hotel room.

The 6ft 7in Luckey made his first in-person appearance in Hillsborough County Court since being arrested to enter pleas.

According to the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Luckey was paroled from prison on May 7 after serving 12 years and one month, with time served in New Hampshire from October 11, 2016 to February 5, 2021.

Luckey was eligible for public health emergency credits under the law passed in 2020 that released offenders who had less than a year to serve. The law does not apply to offenders serving sentences for murder, aggravated sexual assault or other serious sex crimes.

New Hampshire homicide victim Nathan Cashman got into competitive bodybuilding (via GoFundMe)

New Hampshire homicide victim Nathan Cashman got into competitive bodybuilding (via GoFundMe)

Cashman had been released from prison on August 3 less than a month before he was killed after submitting a handwritten motion asking the court to suspend his sentence because he had “changed his life and his way of thinking”. Its original release date was February 4, 2024.

Cashman and Luckey were friends, according to a GoFundMe page created for Cashman’s funeral. Cashman had started bodybuilding before his death and was preparing to compete in his first amateur tournament.

The complaint about the hotel deaths does not explain the relationship between Luckey, Cashman and Hanford or whether they met while serving their sentences. The affidavit in the case was sealed by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Michael Symons contributed to this report.

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Best Cafes and Cafes Near NJ Beaches

When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don’t count us out when it comes to coffee.

With all the hustle and bustle of the average New Jersey resident’s day, coffee is essential. It doesn’t matter if you live in the towns of North Jersey or the vacation spots by the sea.

In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey Shore cafes, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much Jersey Shore people love their Coffee.

In that regard, I asked my social media to follow where the best cafes on the Jersey Shore were, especially since both of my locations no longer exist.

Here’s what they found. (And see this other article for their cafe and cafe recommendations for central Jersey.)

Teresa E. Burton