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WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — Closing arguments are coming in the court hearing that could determine whether Jeffrey MacDonald gets a new trial.

MacDonald was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters at their Fort Bragg home in 1970. Closing arguments in Wilmington are expected Tuesday. Each side will have up to three hours to sum up their arguments.

Prosecutors say MacDonald stabbed his family to death with two paring knives and an icepick and beat them with a piece of wood in their apartment. The Princeton-educated Green Beret physician has always maintained his innocence.

The hearing before a federal judge involves DNA evidence that wasn’t available during his 1979 trial and witness testimony that MacDonald’s defense team says proves his innocence.

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