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January 25, 2013

New trial requested for Jesse Brooks

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She writes of solitary, six-hour drives through the Arizona desert to see her son for two hours a week, and credits him for giving her the will to go on.

“I try to stay upbeat,” she wrote, “but it’s usually Jesse who is the one really able to keep my spirits high.”

She hopes he will be free long before his sentence is served.

A motion seeking a new trial for the former Londonderry man was filed Wednesday in Merrimack Superior Court.

“John Brooks was found guilty, Jesse Brooks is innocent,” said Casey Sherman, Lorraine Brooks’s spokesman. “This is a motion of innocence for Jesse Brooks. It suggests Jesse did not have a proper defense at the trial.”

Private investigator Paul Ciolino of Chicago said yesterday he will prove Jesse Brooks was wrongfully convicted.

The new evidence investigators claim to have discovered includes time-stamped receipts that show Jesse Brooks was in a Las Vegas courtroom answering to drug charges when he was alleged to have participated in a meeting to plan Reid’s murder.

New evidence will prove co-conspirator Joseph Vrooman lied about Jesse Brooks’ involvement, Sherman said.

Ciolino, who took the case in December 2011, said he believes the truth will finally be revealed.

“We have totally debunked everything that was alleged in the case about Jesse,” Ciolino said. “They were flat out lying and making up testimony. This is going to be full disclosure.”

He accuses prosecutor Janice Rundles of misconduct, saying she misled the judge and jury into believing Jesse Brooks was guilty.

“The jury and the judge got hoodwinked in this case,” he said.

Rundles, an assistant attorney general, could not be reached yesterday for comment.

Jesse Brooks was convicted of connecting his father, a multimillionaire business owner, with two of his childhood friends, Michael Benton and Anthony Carter, to carry out Reid’s murder.

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