Brooke Bennett – Another Year In Limbo
Michael Jacques was arrested for kidnapping, drugging, raping, and strangling his 12 year-old niece on June 25, 2008.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys have been haggling over several legal motions including whether evidence of past sexual abuse committed by Jacques can be introduced at trial. Also, prosecutors want evidence allowed which details the effort Jacques made from jail to make it appear a fictional ring of pedophiles killed Brooke.
Arguments on those motions were finally heard in May and lawyers are waiting for a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a ruling which isn’t expected for months.
U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III originally scheduled the trial for September 2011. Yesterday, 4 years to the day of Jacques’ arrest, defense attorney David Ruhnke told Sessions he is likely to be engaged in other capital-case trials next spring. Sessions deferred to Ruhnke’s schedule and set the trial date for September 2013.
Sessions also said if it appears to be too difficult picking an impartial jury, he has not ruled out moving the trial, a defense motion Sessions denied last year.
The only positive for Brooke and her family is Jacques has been incarcerated for the past 4 years.