Michael F. Jacques, defendent in Macedonia Church arson case, says confession false

| February 6, 2011

SPRINGFIELD – A defendant accused in a racially motivated arson on Thursday took the witness stand and told a federal judge he had no role in the 2008 blaze that leveled a predominantly black church hours after President Barack Obama was elected.

Michael F. Jacques Jr., 26, one of three defendants accused of setting the fire that razed the partially constructed Macedonia Church of God In Christ, testified on his own behalf in a pretrial hearing, arguing investigators bullied him into a false confession while he was in the throes of Percoset withdrawal in a cramped interrogation room.

A composed, well-spoken Jacques dressed in a suit and tie on the witness stand appeared a far cry from the morose, sweatshirt-clad youth slumped in a chair during a videotaped interview with law enforcement officials on Jan. 14, 2009.



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