Deadline Extended for Prosecution of Murdered Vermont Girl’s Uncle, Ex-Stepdad

A judge is giving prosecutors more time to make their case against two men facing charges in the case of 12-year-old murder victim Brooke Bennett.

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Pal in Case of Vermont Girl Regrets Involvement.

In a ruling Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Jerome Niedermeier granted prosecutors two more months in which to investigate the roles of Michael Jacques and Raymond Gagnon, saying the importance of giving law enforcement officers the time outweighs the suspects' right to a speedy trial.

The girl was abducted June 25 and found dead a week later. Jacques, 42, her uncle, is charged with kidnapping her. Gagnon, 40, her former stepfather from San Antonio, is charged with obstruction of justice.

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