Prosecutor objects to new trial in teacher killing

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Posted: Nov 25, 2014 8:41 AM

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A prosecutor has objected to a new trial request from a man convicted of luring a prep-school teacher out of her Vermont home and killing her, saying there was no error and the verdict must be respected.

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

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1zpmtpY) prosecutor Lisa Warren filed an objection to Prue's appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court. His lawyer said Judge Robert Bent erred when he excluded a psychologist's testimony about his examination of Prue's wife and co-defendant, Patricia Prue. Bent expressed concern it wouldn't help Allen Prue.

The defense said Patricia Prue killed Jenkins. She's pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and faces trial in February.

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