BANGOR – The Newport man charged with murder in what police are calling a domestic violence homicide had his first court appearance Friday. At the same time, people who knew his wife mourn her death.
A former classmate of Newport homicide victim Anielka Allen remembered her as a beautiful, intelligent, strong and funny woman.
“She was loved by everybody that knew her,” said Cathy Owen, a Bangor resident who was a former Beal College classmate of Anielka Allen. “Everybody loved being around her. If you saw her at school she always had a bunch of people around her.”
Maine State Police say Anielka’s husband, 40-year-old Frederick Allen, is charged with her murder. She was 37.
He made his first court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Friday and will be held without bail.
“The case is really early on. We’ll continue to investigate and move forward with the process,” said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue.
Family members and friends were at the hearing.
“It’s a difficult position to be in for the daughters and other members of the family,” Bogue said.
Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, says the percentage of domestic violence-related homicides in Maine has been decreasing in recent years, dropping from nine out of 18, or 50 percent, in 2018, to nine out of 22, or 40 percent, for 2019.
Allen was an honor student at Beal college, where she was studying to work in the medical field.
As a former survivor of domestic violence, Owen felt something was wrong.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t really shocked. I’m a domestic violence survivor myself, and I think that we can feel that in other people,” Owen said.
Allen is scheduled to be back in court in February.
“Even though she did have this bubbly personality and she seemed really strong, I kind of always sensed some kind of sadness or struggle going on with her,” said Owen.