The military trial for a Fort Carson soldier accused of killing another soldier in her sleep started Monday with jury selection.
For the family of that slain soldier, the wait for this moment has been excruciating.
For her mom, Bevenley Thomas, it's a roller coaster of emotions. She told 11 News she’s cried all she can, and today she's angry, but tomorrow, that could change. For all of them, the only question they have about her death, is why?
The family of Brandy Fonteneaux sat together smiling, laughing, and telling us stories of their beloved soldier. They wear bracelets in memory of Brandy, anticipating the court-martial about to begin for her accused killer.
"My sister gave her life for her country and one of her own was the one that brutally took it," Lore Malloy said.
Brandy grew up in a unique household. She was raised by her aunt Bevenley Thomas, whom she called mom and her birth mother Verona Fonteneaux.
"Brandy was my life, I actually lived for this little girl and to me she'll always be a little girl. Because she was little first off, but she was the baby, and she was my baby," Thomas said.
"It’s not going to be the same without Brandy here. Brandy was the life of our family," Verona Fonteneaux said.
Saturday they met with prosecutors just to help prepare for the coming week. Brandy was killed in Fort Carson barracks while she slept. The 28-year-old was found in her room on January 8th after her family was worried they hadn’t heard from her. The man accused of stabbing her 74 times is 40-year-old Vicinte Jackson, a sergeant and combat engineer.
"My family would accept it if she had been killed in Afghanistan or Iraq, but to be killed on U.S. soil, its unexplainable," Verona said.
"My sister was 98 pounds, she was 5'2". This individual was 6'3" and 220 pounds, I just, I just don't understand it," Malloy said.
Her family said Brandy was not romantically involved with Jackson, citing their age difference as a big problem for her. Now, all they can do is wait and hope they get justice for Brandy.
Jackson is charged with murder and premeditated murder. If he's convicted he could face life in prison with a chance for parole in as few as 10 years, up to life in prison without parole.
(AP) The family of a slain 28-year-old soldier says the pain of her death is worse because she was killed in her barracks at a Colorado infantry post.
A court-martial starts Monday in the death of Army Spc. Brandy Fonteneaux of Houston. She was found dead in her room at Fort Carson in January.
Sgt. Vincinte Jackson is charged with 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 says 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.
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