In his first trial, he was convicted and sentenced to death.
On retrial, he walked - becoming a talking point for those who oppose the death penalty.
Now the Army Times is reporting that Timothy B. Hennis is going to be tried again for the brutal Eastburn murders two decades ago, in which a woman and her two very young girls were horribly killed at Fort Bragg. MacDonald redux, if you will.
This time, say military prosecutors, they'll nail Hennis with DNA evidence, and he may pay the ultimate price after all. Meanwhile at least one anti-death penalty resource site has removed his name.
Reports the Army Times:
Officials from the sheriff’s office declined to speak to Army Times, saying the Army had requested that they not discuss the case publicly until after Hennis’ trial. His court-martial is scheduled for June 2. ...
According to information released by the prosecutors during a hearing in May, new DNA evidence linking Hennis to the crime allegedly was obtained during an autopsy of one of the victims.
There is a book on the case, which was written by journalist Scott Whisnant. It's Innocent Victims.
Hennis can be retried despite the Double Jeopardy clause because of overlapping military and civilian jurisdiction - again echoing the bizarrely similar MacDonald case.
There is already a question about the chain of custody for this forensic evidence, and I'm curious as to why the DNA results have not been made fully public; but those questions will be answered soon enough, and it looks like a few webmasters may be reconfiguring things.
Accusations Again Pursue Suspect in 1985 Killings, Despite Acquittal - From the Seattle Times