Prues Continue to Await Trials

prueVERMONT- Today marks the one year anniversary since Allen and Patricia Prue were taken into custody for allegedly murdering St. Johnsbury Academy teacher, Melissa Jenkins. Since then the pair have been awaiting their trials, which upon review last week were delayed.


"The dates right now are looking like late summer, mid-fall for each case to be tried, and I would not be surprised if those dates get changed," said State Attorney Lisa Warren.

For now Allen Prue, who faces First Degree Murder, is being held at Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland, while his wife Patricia awaits her trial for Aggravated Murder at the Chittenden County Regional Correction Center in South Burlington.

Despite having evidence against them, including a hair found at the scene and a computer hard drive allegedly containing child pornography, Allen's family members maintain the couples innocence based on the character of their relative.

In a 2012 interview, Allen's sister Sharon Tinder had said, "All this evidence that they have against them, I just think that they're wrong. He's not that kind of person, he's not the monster their making him out to be."

The couple will be standing trial separately, and it is still unsure as for where those trials will take place. Attorneys have already motioned to move the case out of Caledonia County with Patricia's attorney Marc Eagle saying, "given what publicity was out there to date, I thought it would be prudent to at least get that under consideration."

Warren said that if the defense was granted that motion, "they would certainly be held in a different county, with different jurors. The defense has the right to make that motion and it would be up to the court to grant or deny that motion."

Only time will tell and as long as no further motions are proposed to the court the trials will begin in late August.