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New Hampshire

January 25, 2013

New trial requested for Jesse Brooks

Another chapter is about to unfold in one of the state’s more notorious murder cases.

Most thought the case was closed in the 2005 murder of Derry handyman Jack Reid.

But Las Vegas resident Lorraine Brooks, the former wife of convicted killer John “Jay” Brooks, and mother of their son Jesse, claims she has new evidence.

It was a case made for a TV movie — a multi-millionaire suspect in the elder Brooks, hired thugs who carried out the murder-for-hire plot he concocted, a drug-addicted son who helped plan the brutal killing, and a fall from prominence for the entire family.

Lorraine Brooks, who divorced her husband after his conviction, is planning a press conference Monday. She intends to proclaim her son’s innocence and is seeking a new trial on his behalf.

As for her former husband, he’s guilty, her spokesman said.

Jesse Brooks, now 36, sits in an Arizona prison, serving a 15- to 30-year sentence for conspiracy to commit murder.

His father, 60, is in state prison here, serving a life sentence for bludgeoning his former employee to death with a sledgehammer in a Deerfield horse barn.

For more than a year, a team of investigators, financed by Lorraine Brooks, has been poring over evidence in the case, reviewing video and audio tapes, talking to the players involved, discovering receipts and other documents they claim will show Jesse Brooks was an innocent victim in a complicated plot to kill Reid.

Lorraine Brooks and her team accuse investigators and prosecutors of lying, the jury of being stacked with people unfriendly to the defense, the witnesses against Jesse Brooks of lying on the stand and a poor defense team.

On a website dedicated to her cause, justiceforjessebrooks.org, Lorraine Brooks points the finger of blame at everyone but her son.

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