Master Sgt. Timothy B. Hennis, 51, is charged with three counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of Kathryn Eastburn, 31, and her daughters, 3-year-old Erin and 5-year-old Kara.
Hennis, who was stationed at Fort Bragg at the time of the murders, was convicted in state court and sentenced to die in 1986. The North Carolina Supreme Court granted him a retrial after hearing arguments that prosecutors had overused graphic crime scene photos to inflame the jury in his original trial. A second jury acquitted him in 1989.
Hennis retired from the Army in 2004 but was ordered back to active so he could be tried in military court after an investigator with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office uncovered new DNA evidence.