Hennis jury to resume deliberations Thursday

Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis leaves the Terry Sanford Federal Building and Courthouse after a federal hearing in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

April 14, 2010 8:27:59 PM PDT
A military jury at Fort Bragg is trying to decide if a soldier convicted of killing a woman and two of her children 25 years ago should die for the crimes.

The jury will be back in court Thursday morning to consider the sentence for 52-year-old Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis.

Deliberations resumed Wednesday after the judge repeated his instructions from Tuesday on the possibility of parole if Hennis receives a life sentence.

The jury at Fort Bragg asked the court in writing if one juror votes against the death penalty, does that mean all other votes revert to life sentence. However, attorneys argued about whether the jury could take a second vote on the death penalty after a first vote wasn't unanimous.

Rules require a unanimous vote for death and three-quarters -- or 11 of 14 jurors -- for life. The judge, Col. Patrick Parrish, recessed court without saying how he would respond.

The same jury convicted Hennis last week of killing 31-year-old Kathryn Eastburn and two of her three daughters -- 5-year-old Kara and 3-year-old Erin -- at their home near Fayetteville in 1985.

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