State's request for jury visits in teacher killing denied

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vermont — A judge has denied a request by prosecutors that Chittenden County jurors hearing the case of a Vermont man charged with killing a St. Johnsbury teacher be bused to the area for crime scene visits.

Allen and Patricia Prue face kidnapping and first-degree murder charges in the 2012 death of Melissa Jenkins. Police allege the Prues lured Jenkins from her home and then killed her. They have pleaded not guilty. Allen Prue faces trial in Chittenden Superior Court on Oct. 6.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1m5pOcs) prosecutor Lisa Warren asked the court to allow the transportation of jurors back to key sites in the Northeast Kingdom so they could see locations where the alleged crimes occurred. A judge said the state hasn't set forth a sufficient need for a view.


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

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