New trial for man who drove dead wife’s body to Virginia and back

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday, for the second time, reversed the murder conviction against a DeKalb County man who killed his wife and then drove to Virginia and back with her body in the trunk of his pickup truck.

This means Dennis Allaben will get a third murder trial for the Jan. 3, 2010, killing of

Dennis Allaben, right, with his lawyer Steven Frey at a 2010      probable cause hearing.                  VINO WONG/AJC

his wife.

At the time of her death, Maureen Allaben was the recently promoted set decorator of “The Mo’Nique Show” on BET. Police say she died after her husband put her in a chokehold.

Dennis Allaben has said he merely wanted to put her to sleep, tie her up and then confront her about his belief she was trying to poison him and was tracking his movements through GPS and computer monitoring, according to court records.

In 2013, the state high court reversed Allaben’s first conviction and granted him a new trial. On Monday, it reversed his second conviction on grounds his trial judge prohibited testimony from a defense witness who would have supported Allaben’s claim he didn’t mean to kill his wife.

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Bill Rankin
Bill Rankin
Bill Rankin covers criminal justice, the death penalty and legal affairs. He also hosts the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast.