Brooke Bennett Murder – Pretrial Hearing Set
In 2008, Jacques lured his then 12 year-old niece, Brooke Bennett, to his house by telling her a boy she liked was there. Jacques drugged, raped, and strangled the 12 year-old and buried her body in a shallow grave a mile from his house.
Jacques manipulated information on a social media website and planted evidence in the woods of a neighboring town in an effort to mislead police. He also made up an elaborate story about ‘Breckenridge’, a fictitious ring of sex predators to throw suspicion off himself. He told that story to a friend who visited him in jail and the friend passed that information to authorities.
Judge William Sessions III indicates up to 5,000 people may be questioned to seat a 12 person jury for this high-profile trial. Jury selection is expected to take a month and the trial could last two months or more. The trial will take place at the U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont.
Jacques is a previously convicted sex offender.