Army judge rejects new trial in triple murder

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)

February 4, 2011 10:35:16 AM PST
A military judge has denied a request for a fourth trial from a former Fort Bragg soldier convicted of killing a mother and two of her children.

Col. Patrick Parrish’s ruling on the request by Timothy Hennis was made on Jan. 27.

Hennis was convicted of killing Kathryn Eastburn and her 5- and 3-year-old daughters last year after two previous trials. He has maintained his innocence.

He’s currently on the military’s death row at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

Lawyers for the 52-year-old Hennis argued that problems with a North Carolina state crime lab should have meant a new trial for Hennis.

The trial record now goes to Fort Bragg’s commanding general for review.

Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson, the Acting Senior Commander of Fort Bragg, can approve the findings and sentence of the military panel, or he may grant relief to the defendant if he deems it appropriate.

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