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Court-martial begins in death of soldier

Dec. 10, 2012 - 08:30AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 10, 2012 - 08:30AM  |  
Bevenley Thomas, right, talks about her niece, Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux, who is shown in a family snapshot, as she stands beside her sister and Brandy's mother, Verona Fonteneaux, Dec. 1 in Houston. Sgt. Vincinte Jackson is charged with murder and premeditated murder in Spc. Fonteneaux's death.
Bevenley Thomas, right, talks about her niece, Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux, who is shown in a family snapshot, as she stands beside her sister and Brandy's mother, Verona Fonteneaux, Dec. 1 in Houston. Sgt. Vincinte Jackson is charged with murder and premeditated murder in Spc. Fonteneaux's death. (Pat Sullivan / AP)
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Army Sgt. Vincinte L. Jackson is escorted into a military court building on the first day of his court-martial, Dec. 10, at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jackson is charged with one count of premeditated murder in the death of Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux, 4th Engineer Battalion, in an incident that occurred in early January. (Brennan Linsley / AP)

FORT CARSON, Colo. — A court-martial is scheduled to get underway in the death of Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux of Houston, who was found dead in her room at Fort Carson in January.

Sgt. Vincinte Jackson goes on trial Monday on charges of murder and premeditated murder in Fonteneaux's death. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison.

His attorneys have declined to comment.

Fonteneaux's family said she knew Jackson, but they weren't close. Army officials haven't publicly discussed a motive.

Jackson is an Army combat engineer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart.

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