St. Johnsbury, Vt. – On Thursday, disturbing new details emerged regarding the murder of Vermont science teacher, Melissa Jenkins, 33.
According to a police affidavit, the suspects in the case – Allen Prue, 30, and his wife Patricia, 33 – hatched a plan to “get a girl” as they drove around the area.
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Authorities allege the couple called Melissa on Mar. 25, 2012, at about 8:30 p.m., saying their car had broken down and they needed help.
The teacher appears to have gone to help the Prues, but when she arrived Allen allegedly attacked her almost immediately after she exited her car, reports the Burlington Free Press. According to police he admitted strangling her and throwing her back into his vehicle.
Later, Patricia allegedly choked her to make sure she “wasn’t breathing.”
The horrific event reportedly took place in front of Melissa’s two year old son, who allegedly described to police what he saw done to his “mommy.”
After Melissa was dead, the couple then allegedly wrapped her body in a tarp, poured bleach over it and threw it into the Connecticut river after weighing it down with concrete blocks.
Police say the Prues then set Melissa’s clothing, along with their own, own fire.
The couple appeared in court on Wednesday and each pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and the unauthorized burial or removal of a corpse.
CBS News reports that Patricia disputes what her husband told police and relayed to detectives she had nothing to do with Melissa’s death.
State’s Attorney Lisa Warren said that sexual motives were behind Allen’s plan, but did not indicate whether Melissa was sexually assaulted or whether she was the couple’s only target, according to CBS.
Earlier reports stated Allen is a snowplow driver and had cleared Melissa’s driveway several times over the years.
The police affidavit also states a friend told police that Allen had asked Melissa out on dates several times and she felt uncomfortable around him. The document also noted that the teacher stopped having Allen plow her driveway in early 2011 when he allegedly showed up intoxicated at her residence, asking if he could plow her driveway in 2012.
A memorial service for Melissa is slated to take place where she taught at St. Johnsbury Academy on Friday.
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