Earlier this month, Allen Prue sent Vt. Superior Court Judge Robert Bent a letter describing what he called a lack of communication on his attorney's end. Robert Katims has been representing Prue for about three months. In Prue's letter, he says, "I'm kindly asking you if you could possible put some fire under Mr. Katims (so to speak) to get him to do things and to communicate with me. I have sent numerous letters to him and I've called his office several times."
He continues, "Is it possible for me to defend myself with co-counsel? If it's possible, I truly feel that's what I want to do."
Prue is facing charges for the murder of Melissa Jenkins, 33, nearly two years ago. Jenkins was a popular teacher in St. Johnsbury. Police say Allen Prue and his wife, Patricia, lured Jenkins from her home by pretending they needed help. We haven't heard much from Allen Prue throughout the case, but Wednesday in court, he decided to reconsider his own request to represent himself.
Judge Robert Bent: Mr. Prue, I wanted to, simply put, avoid friction that would come back and bubble to the surface. Have you had a chance to speak with Mr. Katims?
Allen Prue: Yes, sir. We spoke yesterday. We did come to an understanding. So the issue that I had is settled.
Katims told the judge he's confident the attorney/client relationship is intact and he will stay on the case. The court hopes to decide whether to move the trials for Allen and Patricia Prue to a new county by next month and begin those proceedings by early spring.
This is not the first time Allen and Patricia Prue have had a run-in with one of their lawyers. Both have fired earlier counsel. And problems with their representation have contributed to delays in the case going to trial.