Estranged wife charged in case of ex-FBI agent found dead in Md.

WASHINGTON — Police in Laurel, Md., have arrested and charged the estranged wife in the death of a retired FBI agent who was found dead in the yard of his home in March.

Anne Reed Allen, 62, was arrested Friday, June 30. She’s charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and the use of a handgun in a crime of violence in the death of Scott Alan Horn.

Allen is being held without bond at Prince George’s County Correctional facility.

A full bail review will be held Friday afternoon at Upper Marlboro District Court, according to Allen’s lawyer, Andrew Jezic.

“Ms. Allen has never been arrested in her life. She’s a law-abiding citizen, she’s a veteran, she’s a lifelong nurse, she’s a mother, she’s a good neighbor, she’s a good person with absolutely no record,” Jezic told WTOP. “And she’s not guilty, she’s innocent and we intend to prove that at trial.”

Jezic disputed police’s description of Allen as having been estranged from Horn.

“They had filed for divorce and then they got back together, and they withdrew their divorce filing. Then they both refiled for divorce and then they got back together. So this was a marriage that had troubles but was a marriage that was underway in trying to be repaired,” Jezic said.

He noted that this was a second or third marriage for both Allen and Horn.

Jezic also said that he thinks the police believe there might be someone else out there who could face charges.

“We don’t know if there’s somebody charged yet, but we believe that the police think that a handyman, or someone who had helped both her and him with odd jobs, is charged along with her but that has not been confirmed at all,” he said.

But he maintained his client’s innocence.

“I think the bottom line is that this is a very circumstantial case. There is no smoking gun, there’s no confession, there’s no text or email that is incriminating whatsoever. There’s no DNA, there’s no blood, there’s no fingerprints,” Jezic said. “She’s innocent and we expect to prove that at trial.”

Laurel police discovered Horn’s body March 16 just before 9 p.m., while responding to a 911 call about an unresponsive man in the 200 block of Patuxent Road.

When they arrived, they found Horn, 62, dead in his yard. He appeared to have suffered major trauma to his upper body.

Police began investigating the death as a homicide and quickly identified Allen as the suspect.

The investigation into Horn’s death remains ongoing, however.

Anyone with more information related to this incident is encouraged to call the Laurel Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (301) 498-8002.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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