• Couple face new charges in teacher killing
     | October 09,2013

    BURLINGTON — A couple charged with killing a St. Johnsbury Academy science teacher last year have pleaded not guilty to new charges of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Allen and Patricia Prue of Waterford were in Caledonia Superior Court Monday, where they were ordered by a judge to have no contact with one another. Patricia Prue also pleaded not guilty to eight new counts of possession of child pornography related to images on a laptop computer she allegedly owned.

    The Prues are being held without bond on charges they killed Melissa Jenkins, 33, in March of 2012. Prosecutors say they lured Jenkins from her Danville home, strangled her, and dumped her body in the Connecticut River.

    Judge Robert Bent on Monday granted a request by the Caledonia County state’s attorney to add conditions that the Prues, who will be tried separately, not have contact with each other in person, by writing, telephone, email or through a third person. Patricia Prue also is forbidden from contacting Allen Prue’s mother or his sister and must not possess photos of children under the age of 16.

    Allen Prue, 31, is being held in Rutland at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility; Patricia Prue, 34, is in custody at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington.

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