A Middletown, NJ man was indicted on Monday for allegedly killing his wife with a frying pan.
On November 18, 2011, around 11:45 a.m., Middletown police received call from the home of Patrick Allen, 45. When they arrived, police say they found the body of Allen’s wife, Kimberly Allen, 44, on the kitchen floor while Allen remained on the scene.
Police say further investigation revealed that Allen and his wife were involved in a struggle that led to Allen striking his wife with a frying pan. The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled her cause of death as homicidal violence, including asphyxia and blunt impact injuries to the head.
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Allen was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife that same day with bail set at $1 million. Monday’s indictment charged him with first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third-degree hindering the apprehension of another and fourth-degree tampering with physical evidence. He remains detained at the Monmouth County Correctional Institute in lieu of bail.
If convicted of murder, Allen faces a maximum sentence of life in New Jersey State Prison.