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Jacques' lawyers press venue change from Vt.

Michael Jacques Michael Jacques
Brooke Bennett Brooke Bennett

Associated Press - July 30, 2010 9:15 AM ET

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Citing public anger and death threats, lawyers for a man charged with killing his 12-year-old niece say in a new court filing that it's impossible for him to get a fair trial in Vermont.

Defense attorneys say Michael Jacques has been the subject of so much press coverage and such vitriolic online posts that his trial should be moved to Albany, N.Y., to escape juror bias. In a motion filed late Thursday, they said both Jacques and his lawyers have been targeted by death threats since he was charged in the 2008 slaying of Brooke Bennett, of Braintree.

Prosecutors have said they believe that a fair jury can be selected in Vermont.

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