March 17th, 2010, 09:21
Hennis trial set to open at Fort Bragg
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The third trial of a soldier accused of murdering a mother and her two daughters more than 20 years ago is set to open.
Opening statements start on Wednesday in Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis' court-martial.
The 51-year-old Hennis is charged with three counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
Hennis was first convicted in state court, but won an appeal and was acquitted in a second civilian trial. Hennis couldn't be tried in state court again, so the case was turned over to the Army after investigators said a new DNA test linked Hennis to the killings.
The trial could last up to two months and involve at least 100 witnesses.
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March 17th, 2010 09:21