Couple to Face Separate Trials in Vermont Teacher Death

Sep 14, 2012

Lawyers in the case of a Vermont couple charged with killing a prep school teacher and dumping her body in the Connecticut River are planning for separate trials next year.

Allen Prue and his wife, Patricia Prue, are accused of strangling and beating 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins after luring her out of her house with a ruse about a broken down car in March.

Police say the Waterford couple planned the crime.

Lawyers in a St. Johnsbury courtroom on Friday said they would be ready for trial in Allen Prue's case in July. He is charged with first-degree murder.

Lawyers expect to be ready for trial in Patricia Prue's case in May. She is charged with aggravated murder.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

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