Jesse Brooks to challenge prison confinement for his part in 2005 Deerfield murder
MANCHESTER -; A team seeking a new trial for murder-conspirator Jesse Brooks said they will soon file a federal suit challenging his treatment behind bars.
Investigators and his mother, Lorraine Brooks, said he is frequently shuffled among Arizona prisons and is denied the morphine he needs for a back injury.
His legal team said the unfair treatment prevents him from working with lawyers and investigators in a court case claiming ineffective counsel in his murder conspiracy trial involving the 2005 murder of handyman Jack Reid in Deerfield.
Jesse Brooks'; millionaire father was convicted of murder for hire in Reid's death. The elder Brooks suspected Reid of stealing a trailer containing motorcycles and paid others to kill him.
The younger Brooks is serving a 15- to 30-year sentence. In October of 2011, the N.H. Supreme Court unanimously upheld his murder conspiracy conviction, rejecting his argument that a witness was incompetent to testify. Justices also said a 32-month delay in the trial date was partly Brooks'; fault and did not violate his right to a speedy trial.
"I ... live with knowing my son isn't getting his medication. He is suffering for something he had nothing to do with," Mrs. Brooks said Thursday.