Trials to be moved in Vermont teacher killing


ST. JOHNSBURY (AP) - A judge has granted a request to move the trials of a couple accused of killing a Vermont teacher in 2012 to another county.

Superior Court Judge Robert Bent didn't identify in which county the trials of Patricia and Allen Prue would take place. According to reports, he said the location would be announced after pre-trial proceedings in St. Johnsbury.

Patricia and Allen Prue are charged with murder in the killing of 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins of St. Johnsbury. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Bent said the extensive and thorough news coverage of the case, Jenkins' positive reputation in the community, the outpouring of support for Jenkins and her son and the small-town nature of St. Johnsbury threatened the Prues' constitutional right to fair trials in Caledonia County.


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