Accused killer Jacques will face death penalty, judge rules
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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