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Soldier's trial for 1985 triple homicide to begin

Posted July 20, 2009 3:49 p.m. EDT

— Pre-trial motions are set to begin Wednesday in the trial of a Fort Bragg soldier accused of murdering a woman and her children in 1985.

Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis, 51, is charged with three counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of Kathryn Eastburn, 31, and her two daughters, 3-year-old Erin and 5-year-old Kara, in their Fayetteville home. Investigators also believe that Eastburn was raped.

Hennis was convicted of the crimes and sentenced to death in 1986. His conviction was overturned on appeal; a second jury acquitted him in 1989. He later retired and moved out of state.

When DNA evidence surfaced that authorities said linked Hennis to the crimes, the Army recalled him to active duty, and to stand trial in military court.