- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2020

NEWPORT, Maine (AP) - A Maine couple dismissed divorce proceedings three weeks before the wife was found dead in their home, court records show.

Frederick Allen, 40, was charged with murder after his wife Anielka Allen, 37, was found dead in their Newport home on Jan. 9. Police said the death was a domestic violence homicide but released no further details.

Court documents show that the couple filed for divorce on Dec. 8, the Morning Sentinel reported on Monday. The documentation showed the couple agreed to terms that included splitting all house bills equally and waiving child support or alimony.

Frederick Allen filed a notice of change of address on Dec. 10 and listed a location about 2 miles from the couple’s home.

On the same day, Anielka Allen filed a handwritten request for an expedited trial and retracted her agreement to the couple’s original arrangement because of “Frederick Allen Jr. taking the kids while I was at work.”

“I do not know where my kids are and unable to speak or see them,” her statement read.

A week after filing for divorce, Anielka Allen submitted another handwritten statement that dismissed the case and said the couple had agreed to attend counseling.

Frederick Allen is being held without bail. An autopsy was performed on Anielka Allen’s body Friday. The results will take several weeks to process, according to the medical examiner’s office.

It could not immediately be determined if Frederick Allen had a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

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