- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The aunt of a Vermont teacher killed after being lured from her home says she thinks the guilty verdict in the first of two trials will bring justice for her niece.

Linda Gadapee, of East Haven, made the comments Wednesday after a jury convicted 32-year-old Allen Prue on first-degree murder and other charges in the 2012 death of 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins of St. Johnsbury.

She says said the verdict took a lot of weight off the shoulders of Jenkins’ family. She says the trial turned out the way she hoped.

Police say Prue and his wife, Patricia Prue, lured Jenkins from her home on March 25, 2012, then dumped her body in the Connecticut River.

Patricia Prue is due to be tried in February.

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