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Jeffrey MacDonald held in Wilmington for hearing

Posted October 21, 2011

— The former Army surgeon convicted of killing his pregnant wife and young daughters at Fort Bragg more than 40 years ago is being held in Wilmington awaiting a hearing.

Officials confirmed Friday that 68-year-old Jeffrey MacDonald is being held in the New Hanover County jail.

MacDonald is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing Nov. 28 in Wilmington in his appeal. His lawyers are asking for a new trial based on DNA evidence and if that is denied, they want access to evidence to do their own testing.

"When you take it in the light of the evidence as a whole, there's no doubt you have an innocent man in prison," Kathryn MacDonald, MacDonald's wife since 2002, has said.

MacDonald was convicted in 1979 of killing his wife and two daughters and was sentenced to three life prison terms. He has steadfastly maintained his innocence, claiming that he and his family were attacked by three men and a woman with long blonde hair, a floppy hat and boots who carried a lighted candle and chanted "acid is groovy; kill the pigs."

His case resulted in the book "Fatal Vision."

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  • mfarmer1 Oct 26, 2011

    MILITARY DRUG PROGRAM HISTORICAL TIMELINE, http://www.tricare.mil/tma/ddrp/documents/72208/DoD%20Drug%20Policy%20History.pdf

    Every unit I was in (Germany, 101st, 82nd) in the 1970's gave field grade article 15's, and chaptered soldiers. for not having a drug program they did a good job giving it to us every 30 to 90 days. I was an observer when I became and NCO.

  • johnsod27330 Oct 25, 2011

    Thats OK they haven't looked into the recent court filings that were filed by Jeff requesting a court appointed lawyer (Even though he has a defense fund) and a possible delay in the hearing until 16 Feb because the court appointed lawyer he wants is not available.

    See link for request at: http://www.thejeffreymacdonaldcase.com/downloads/defense-motion-2extend-2011-10-18.pdf

  • johnsod27330 Oct 25, 2011

    mfarmer1 - Drug Testing started in vietnam 1971, And World Wide In 1974

    Drug testing became mandated in the military in the early 8o's when the test was perfected. The first years mandated testing became a learning program and Soldiers were not discharged. After the first year discharges could be mandated.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 24, 2011

    I guess not.

    Drug Testing started in vietnam 1971, And World Wide In 1974

  • mfarmer1 Oct 24, 2011

    WRAL did not publish my other comment about your wrong on the army drug program.

    Why WRAL? Please Post It.

  • johnsod27330 Oct 24, 2011

    mfarmer1 - By the way there was 12 to 14 people in the house that night Not all of them being CID as you want to make people believe. who moved items and overturned tables that are in the report, some can't be explained away.

    I never said there weren't that many people in there. I simply said that the MP's did not do the investigation. Yes the coffee table was turned over and the flower pot as well. Those two items had nothing to do with his guilt. It was the PJ top, the weapons, the blood and the rooms where the killings took place.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 24, 2011

    By the way there was 12 to 14 people in the house that night Not all of them being CID as you want to make people believe. who moved items and overturned tables that are in the report, some can't be explained away.

  • johnsod27330 Oct 21, 2011

    mfarmer1 - that's what happens when you have the MP's involved. I was in the 82nd for about 10 years total, they were the ones dealing most of the drugs on post. remember the saying "Jumping Junkies" before 1983 60% or more of division was on drugs.

    You definitely weren't in the 82nd I served with. Amazing that 60% of the division was on drugs and the 82nd MP Company dealt most of the drugs. Do you know how absurd that sounds. The MP company consisted of about 100 Soldiers. So in your terms the sold all the drugs to the 8,000 Soldiers that you claim were on drugs. Also the Army started drug testing in 81. The MP's were also not the ones who investigated the crime scene. They only secured the perimeter. It was investigated by CID.

  • gallbury Oct 21, 2011

    artist: 40 years is "long enough" for circumstancial evidence. As for "people like me" being responsible for "innocent" killers getting out, I would rather free a guilty person then jail an innocent one. If that bothers you, I suggest you continue to vote Republician.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 21, 2011

    I am sure Colonel Warren Rock 90+ page report would make for some interesting reading, including the part where he recommended the CID be charged with misconduct of the case.

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