Vermont man asks for new trial in teacher death

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Posted: Nov 12, 2014 7:25 AM

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A man convicted of luring a prep-school teacher out of her Vermont home and then killing her is asking for a new trial.

Allen Prue awaits sentencing. He was found guilty last month of kidnapping, first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 2012 death of Melissa Jenkins.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1wkSSv7) Prue's Nov. 6 appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court says Judge Robert Bent erred when he excluded a psychologist's testimony. Prosecutor Lisa Warren said she will oppose the motion.

During the trial, Prue's lawyer tried to call Dr. Phillip Kinsler of New Hampshire to testify about his examination of Prue's wife and co-defendant, Patricia Prue. Bent didn't allow it.

The defense said Patricia Prue killed Jenkins.

Patricia Prue, who pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, faces trial in February.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com