Patricia and Allen Prue's attorneys were in court Monday in St. Johnsbury. The couple is now facing new charges with the intent to inflict bodily injury in the murder of 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins.
Jenkins' body was found in the Connecticut River in Barnet in March last year. Shortly afterward the Prues were charged with her murder.
Court papers described the way the couple allegedly lured her from her home with her young son and killed her. But now we are learning more about the planning. The Prues now face conspiracy to commit first degree murder, as well as kidnapping. Patricia Prue is also facing eight counts of child pornography. Police say an examination of her laptop shows she searched for child porn and kidnapping.
Vermont State Police also retrieved a torn up letter from Patricia Prue's prison cell. Police were able to reconstruct most of the letter and it went to the FBI for testing. Prue talks about the murder saying, "it was fun. It was like hunting -- catching and killing an animal."
The couple will be arraigned on the new charges in about two to three weeks. The aim is to have a trial early next spring. The Prues will have separate trials and both now have new attorneys on the case. Monday they also discussed the potential for a new location for the trial. A decision on that is expected soon.