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Hearing Set for Fort Bragg Soldier Suspected in 1985 Murders

Posted May 11, 2007

— A Fort Bragg soldier suspected in a triple murder that happened more than 20 years ago will face a military hearing next week.

Fort Bragg officials on Friday scheduled an Article 32 hearing for Master Sgt. Timothy B. Hennis for Tuesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. The hearing is the military equivalent of a pre-trial hearing to discuss evidence.

Kathryn Eastburn and her daughters -- Kara, 5, and Erin, 3 -- were stabbed to death in their Summer Hill Road home near Fort Bragg on May 12, 1985. A year later, Hennis was convicted of the crimes and sentenced to die.

He won an appeal of the conviction, however, and was acquitted in his 1989 retrial.

Cumberland County investigators said in September that DNA evidence unavailable for testing in 1989 connected Hennis to the murders.

Double jeopardy, however, prevents the state from retrying Hennis since he has been acquitted, but the military can court-martial him for any crimes he committed while on active duty, including anything that occurred off base.


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  • Windmill Tilter May 11, 2007

    Well if he didn't do it he has spent a fortune trying to prove just that. So he is being punished weather innocent or not. Does anyone remember the letters that were sent anonymously to investigators talking about the identity of the killer.

    It is hard for me to believe someone could do this. Complete a career in the military, live a normal life, and not go absolutly crazy.

  • daMoFo May 11, 2007

    Actually he murdered another man's wife and kids. Two thumbs up for the military for not giving up on the case.

  • thatgirlyeahher May 11, 2007

    I wondered how many people would complain about this due to the fact that a lot of people on this site seem to never have anything good to say about how our military handles anything. The man murdered his wife and two small children. He got lucky in '89. Looks like to me, his luck ran out. If a court-martial hearing is all he has to worry about, he's doing better than most. I'm proud of our military for doing the right thing, not sweeping this under a rug.

  • anastasia May 11, 2007

    'Leave the man alone'?

    If the DNA is credible, he murdered a young mother and two babies.

  • RDUTEC May 11, 2007

    Military law and Federal law are separate. If one finds you innocent, the other can cinvict you and put you away.

  • 3potato4 May 11, 2007

    With the ability to test DNA nowadays, "double jeaopardy" laws should be re-examined. If it's able to exonerate a person it should also be allowed as eveidence for another trial.

  • HP May 11, 2007

    It is not double jeopardy. Military & Civilians is totally different. Remember The McDonald murders, he was tried by the miltary & acquitted, tried by civilians & you see where he is now.

  • skinnycow May 11, 2007

    That is interesting to know. It is still double jeopardy re-trying this man by the military. But there is always a loop hole. And I think the state and the military are in cahoots. I am not saying that it is a good thing or that it is a bad thing but I do know if it quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck it's a duck. This is double jeopardy regardless of what they call it.

  • PDMARTIN May 11, 2007


    Would you say the same for a person unjustly imprisioned if DNA could exonerate them?

  • al1793 May 11, 2007

    Leave the man alone - he has been exonerated like it or not.