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Judge in Vt. sets Sept. 2011 trial in niece death

Michael Jacques Michael Jacques

Associated Press - October 12, 2010 1:05 PM ET

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge says a Vermont man will go on trial for his life in September next year on charges he abducted and killed his niece.

In a hearing Tuesday, attorneys for 44-year-old Michael Jacques won their argument that there wasn't time to be ready for a death penalty trial by February.

Jacques is charged with abducting, sexually assaulting and killing his 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett of Braintree in the summer of 2008. The case is being tried in federal court and prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Jacques, who has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions ruled Tuesday that jury selection would begin Sept. 6 2011.

Sessions has yet to rule on a motion to move the trial out of Vermont.

 Click here for complete coverage of the Brooke Bennett case.

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