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Judge limits jury selection in Jacques case

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The federal judge presiding over the case of a Vermont man charged in the sexual assault and killing of his 12-year-old niece in 2008 has changed his mind about combing the entire state for prospective jurors in the man's trial.

Instead, Judge William Sessions III told lawyers during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Burlington he now thinks an impartial jury can be assembled from a pool of up to 5,000 people in northern Vermont.

Michael Jacques of Randolph potentially faces the death penalty. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he abducted, sexually assaulted and killed Brooke Bennett.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Sept. 3.

The Burlington Free Press reports Sessions said the logistics would be extremely difficult for jurors coming up from Brattleboro.

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