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Accused killer Jacques will face death penalty, judge rules

Michael Jacques Michael Jacques
Brooke Bennett Brooke Bennett

Burlington, Vermont -- September 7, 2011

A judge has denied another motion from the lawyers of accused killer Michael Jacques challenging the death penalty.

Jacques is accused of kidnapping, raping, and killing his 12-year-old niece Brooke Bennett in 2008.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the 45-year-old's lawyers argue that since Vermont has no death penalty and kidnapping is usually a state level crime, an execution cannot be ordered because the case is tried in federal court.

Judge William Sessions disagreed and denied the motion.

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