Vt. man in teacher killing again seeks new lawyer

Saturday June 1, 2013

ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) -- A Vermont man charged along with his wife in the killing of a popular St. Johnsbury teacher is again asking for a new lawyer.

A judge dismissed Allen and Patricia Prue’s requests for new attorneys on May 21.

The Prues have been charged with luring Melissa Jenkins out of her home last year and killing her before dumping her body in the Connecticut River. Both have pleaded not guilty, Allen Prue to first-degree murder; Patricia Prue to aggravated murder, accusing her of killing Jenkins during a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.

Late last week, Allen Prue asked the judge to reconsider her ruling, saying he could no longer talk to his defense attorney, Dan Maguire, because he is a potential witness in the case against his wife, the Caledonian Record reports.

"I do not want to say anything that could remotely incriminate me or my wife in the future," Allen Prue wrote in his most recent letter to the court.

Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren said last week that Maguire could be a potential witness because he temporarily had Patricia Prue’s laptop computer which the state plans to use as evidence against her.

An investigator working for Maguire got the computer from Allen Prue’s mother on May 2 from her Waterford home which she shared with the couple, court records said. Maguire gave the computer to police on Aug. 27, after a technician found indications of child pornography on it. Police said they later confirmed that the computer contained child pornography.

After Patricia Prue’s request for a new lawyer was denied last week, she asked for a speedy trial. A May 23 request from her lawyer Marc Eagle asks for a jury selection and trial to start in August.


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