Associated Press - December 9, 2010 5:35 PM ET
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A friend-turned-informant who was paid $5,000 to help bolster the case against the suspect in a high-profile Vermont murder case says he thought there was something fishy when the accused killer contacted him from jail about a plan to exonerate himself.
The testimony came Thursday in a hearing in the case of Michael Jacques, the 44-year-old Randolph man accused in the 2008 abduction and slaying of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett, his niece.
Michael Garcia, who worked with Jacques for years, said he told authorities that Jacques contacted him from jail. Garcia later turned over letters Jacques sent him, allowed prosecutors to record his telephone conversations with him and wore a wire to a pair of face-to-face meetings with Jacques at the Swanton prison.
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