St. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont couple accused of luring a popular St. Johnsbury teacher from her home, killing her and dumping her body in the Connecticut River in March have pleaded not guilty to upgraded murder charges.
Thirty-year-old Allen and 33-year-old Patricia Prue of Waterford appeared separately Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court in St. Johnsbury.
Allen Prue is now charged with first-degree murder; Patricia Prue is now charged with aggravated murder in the death of Melissa Jenkins.
Prosecutors say the Prues killed Jenkins while sexually assaulting her.
A police affidavit say the Prues planned in advance to kill the 33-year-old single mother, buying a stun gun and prepaid cellphone before the crime, and then strangled, beat and electrocuted her.
The Prues previously pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges.
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