ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - 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 and 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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