Supreme Court Rejects Bennett’s Appeal In Insurance Case

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The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a slain 12-year-old girl’s father, who claimed the ex-wife of the suspect was negligent in his daughter’s death and that her insurance company should pay damages.

A court ruling Friday upheld a lower court decision rejecting the complaint filed by James Bennett.

Bennett’s daughter, Brooke , was killed in June 2008. Her uncle, Michael Jacques, is charged with abducting, sexually assaulting and killing his niece after luring her to his Randolph home.

Bennett filed a lawsuit claiming that Denise Woodward, who was Brooke’s aunt and married to Jacques at the time, was responsible for Brooke’s death for not protecting her from Jacques. Bennett claimed that Woodward’s insurance company should pay damages that might be awarded in a lawsuit.

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