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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A hearing for the former Army surgeon convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters at Fort Bragg more than 40 years ago has been postponed until next year.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the evidentiary hearing for Jeffrey MacDonald set for later this month in Wilmington has been postponed until April 30.

US District Judge James C. Fox on Tuesday rescheduled the hearing so MacDonald can replace his lead lawyers, who say they have a conflict of interest. MacDonald is seeking court-appointed counsel.

He’s serving a federal prison sentence for the 1970 murders. His lawyers say he deserves a new trial because of unidentified DNA recovered from the scene and allegations that a prosecutor coerced a witness into lying.

His case resulted in the book “Fatal Vision.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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