Patricia and Allen Prue were both brought to court Monday -- separately -- to face new charges for a murder police say they carried out together.
The Prues are now facing conspiracy to commit first degree murder and kidnapping charges. Police say the two brutally murdered 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins last year. Jenkins was a popular St. Johnsbury teacher. Police say the Prues lured her from her home under the guise of helping them.
The new charges come after Police found a torn up letter in Patricia Prue's prison cell describing the events of the murder saying: "It was fun. It was like hunting, catching and killing an animal."Patricia Prue is also facing eight counts of child pornography after police seized her computer.
When the trial starts next year, Caledonia County State's Attorney Lisa Warren wants to try all of the charges against Patricia Prue together. "Each of the depictions of child pornography mentioned in the most recent affidavit are all depictions of females and the allegation in the amended information of aggravated murder involves sexual assault on Melissa Jenkins," she said.
The Judge will decide on that soon, but Monday the Judge did act -- banning Patricia Prue from contacting her husband, Allen Prue. Before this the two were in touch. The Judge also wants to set a trial date, but the Prues have new lawyers, and both sides say they need more time.
"If the court wants us to shoot for that we can try our best, but just having come into this case and knowing how much there is, I think February is a little bit tight," said defense Attorney Brian Marsicovetere.
The Prue's are currently being held without bail. Motions for a change of venue from both attorneys is expected to be filed by December 15th. The court says it is likely both trials will take place on the same day early next spring.
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