Grabe’s wife: Husband ‘had a feeling’ someone was after him

Allen Grabe

The day before he allegedly murdered his son, Allen Grabe made passing comments that he had a feeling someone was after him and could be trying to poison him, according to testimony this morning from Grabe’s wife.

Jaquette Grabe, the mother of slain 13-year-old Jacob Grabe, the couple’s only child, told the jury in her husband’s murder trial that he never elaborated on his expressed fears, which he mentioned just once after returning from his weekly Bible study group which met for breakfast on Sept. 10, 2008. She said her husband had no history of delusions and took no medications for any diagnosed mental health problem.
“I don’t know how strongly he believed it,” she said of her husband’s worries.

“Do you think he was sure about it?” Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein asked.

“Not really,” Jaquette replied.

On the night of Sept. 11, Allen Grabe read his Bible at the family’s Pear Park home for much of the evening as she prepared for a meeting with Jacob’s teacher concerning the boy’s academic future. Jaquette Grabe later told a Mesa County Sheriff’s investigator that she had a “sinking feeling” when she walked into the couple’s master bedroom, and saw her husband doing something in the closet. Allen Grabe kept several firearms in the cabinet.

Allen Grabe, 53, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of his son.

Allen and Jaquette Grabe remain married and will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next month.

Her testimony is expected to continue this afternoon.


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