Thursday, July 31, 2008

Feds Request Extension in Brooke Bennett Case

~Michael Jacques and Raymond Gagnon

Prosecutors have requested a 66-day extension to decide whether to indict Michael Jacques and Raymond Gagnon.

Prosecutors say police and the FBI need the time to complete their investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan said the complexity and quantity of evidence being reviewed requires the extra time.

Nolan said in his court filing in the Gagnon case that evidence collected by police and FBI agents suggests the two men’s conduct during the time Brooke was missing may be connected.

Police say Jacques was plotting Bennett’s abduction a month earlier and tried to make it look like she was running away with someone she met on the Internet.

The attorneys, John Pacht, Gagnon’s lawyer, and Jacques’ lawyer, Michael Desautels, did not oppose the request.

Burlington Free Press