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Trial Date Set in Gruesome Killing

(La Porte, IN) - A trial date has been set for a LaPorte woman accused of murdering her husband and chopping the legs off the body.


34-year old Thessalonica Allen made her initial court appearance yesterday in La Porte Circuit Court. According to court documents, she shot Randy Allen inside their home last week at Maple Tree Apartments.


Authorities said the investigation indicates he asked her kids to call 911, but she told them not to do anything and instead go to their room. He then bled to death. 


Later, police said she used an ax to chop off his legs and placed his body into a plastic tote. She allegedly had her kids help her try to dispose of the body, but it was too heavy even without legs. Allen told police she shot him because he was beating her. The children told police they heard only arguing, and the victim was helping them with their homework when their mother returned from work.


Judge Tom Alevizos scheduled the case for trial on August 1.

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