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Attorneys argue spot for trial in death of VT girl

Michael Jacques Michael Jacques

Associated Press - May 25, 2010 9:25 AM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Prosecutors and defense attorneys are arguing in court documents about where the trial should be held for a Vermont man charged with sexually assaulting and then killing his niece two years ago.

Attorneys for 44-year-old Michael Jacques have asked a federal judge to move his trial to Albany, N.Y., because of the intense publicity that surrounded the 2008 disappearance and death of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett in Randolph.

But prosecutors counter Jacques can get a fair trial in Vermont. They cite other high-profile state cases that were successfully tried in Vermont.

If convicted Jacques is facing the federal death penalty.

A judge has not yet ruled on the motion to move the trial.

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