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Wife acquitted in Prince George's County of murder charges in Laurel man's death

The Baltimore Sun

A Prince George’s County jury acquitted a Laurel woman Tuesday of all charges stemming from the March 2017 killing of her estranged husband, former FBI investigator Scott Horn.

Anne Reed Allen was arrested June 30, 2017, and charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a crime of violence. She is scheduled to be released from prison late Tuesday, said her attorney Andrew Jezic, of the firm Jezic & Moyse.

The trial spanned three weeks and centered largely on circumstantial evidence, according to counsel for both the prosecution and defense.

When the jury announced the verdict, Allen dissolved into tears and relief, Jezic said.

“I think the jury faithfully applied the without-a-reasonable-doubt standard and voted to acquit,” Jezic said. “I don’t know where the jury came down on innocence versus not proven, but we argued pure innocence. We argued there was no motive, no killing in her heart.”

A spokesperson for the State’s Attorney’s office in Prince George’s County said prosecutors were disappointed with the outcome of the trial but respected the jury’s decision.

“This was definitely a circumstantial case, but we believe we had sufficient evidence to go to trial against Ms. Allen,” spokesperson Gina Ford said Tuesday.

Horn was found dead behind the family’s home in Laurel on March 16, 2017. Officials said he had been shot and beaten to death.

Ford declined to comment further on the case, which she said is still open.

Another individual, Jason Allen Byrd of Westminster, was arrested in July 2017 in connection with Horn’s death. Charges against Byrd were later dropped “due to insufficient evidence at the time,” Ford said.

The investigation into Horn’s death is ongoing.

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