Associated Press - February 9, 2011 7:05 AM ET
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Randolph man facing a federal death penalty trial on charges of kidnapping and killing his 12-year-old niece says too many people in Vermont know of the case and so the trial should be held elsewhere.
Court papers filed on behalf of 44-year-old Michael Jacques cite a poll done in Burlington last October that found 81% of Vermonters said "yes" when asked if they knew about the case.
The Burlington Free Press says the new court papers are a supplemental memorandum to a change-of-venue motion filed last year.
Defense attorneys want Jacques' trial held in Albany, N.Y. Prosecutors oppose the change.
The trial is scheduled to begin in September.
Police say Jacques drugged, sexually assaulted and then killed his niece Brooke Bennett on June 25, 2008.
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