Prosecutors granted delay in case of slain Braintree girl

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A prosecutor is asking for more time to gather evidence against two men charged in the case of 12-year-old Brooke Bennett, who was abducted and later found slain.

A day before a scheduled probable cause hearing for Raymond Gagnon, Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Nolan filed companion motions asking U.S. Magistrate Jerome Niedermeier for two more months to investigate the actions of Gagnon and kidnapping suspect Michael Jacques.

Jacques, 42, the girl’s uncle, is charged with kidnapping the Braintree seventh grader, whose body was found in shallow grave July 2, a week after she went missing in Randolph. The cause of death hasn’t been released.

Gagnon, 40, her former stepfather, is charged with obstruction of justice. Prosecutors say he had someone throw out his laptop computer while authorities were searching for the girl.

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