Thursday, October 2, 2008
A federal grand jury has found Michael Jacques drugged and sexually assaulted Bennett, then smothered her to death with a plastic bag in a premeditated killing.
Jacques also faces other charges, including five counts of child pornography.
The grand jury indicted the uncle of slain 12-year-old Brooke Bennett for her death on special findings that make him eligible for the death penalty if found guilty on the charge of kidnapping with death resulting.
It is up to the US Attorney General whether or not to seek the death penalty and his decision isn’t expected for several months.
According to the indictment, special findings are what may make this a death penalty case. The special findings are:
-- Jacques intentionally killed Brooke Bennett
-- Jacques intentionally injured her, leading to her death
-- the crime was especially cruel
-- the crime was premeditated
-- the victim was a pre-teen
At the moment, there is no date scheduled for Jacques arraignment.